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  1. [Diagnostic difficulties in primary mesothelioma].

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    Khalil, Leila Youssef; Szturmowicz, Monika; Wawrzyńska, Liliana; Fijałkowska, Anna; Kupis, Włodzimierz; Maszkowska-Kopij, Krystyna; Szczepulska, Ewa; Burakowska, Barbara; Tomkowski, Witold; Torbicki, Adam

    2004-01-01

    A 54-year-old woman with a history of fatigue and shortness of breath was found to have a pericardial effusion and mild mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Video-assisted pericardioscopy revealed thickened pericardium studded with multiple nodules. Histologically the tumor was diagnosed as papillary adenocarcinoma. The site of the primary tumor could not be identified. As lung cancer is one of the most frequent causes of pericardial metastases the patient was treated with cisplatin and vinblastin. Following 5 courses of chemotherapy--given over a 4 month period--the amount of pericardial effusion and pericardial thickness did not change. The material from pericardial biopsy was reexamined and positive immunostaining for calretinine was found. The final diagnosis was primary pericardial mesothelioma of epithelioid type. Palliative radiotherapy of mediastinum was planned but the patient deteriorated and died due to disease progression with venous thrombosis and superior vena cava syndrome. The case illustrates the difficulties in establishing diagnosis of primary pericardial mesothelioma which is a rare tumor with poor prognosis.

  2. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2015-09-01

    mesothelial carcinogenesis occurs. Tumor development and growth during 52 weeks will also be followed in animals using high-frequency ultrasound ...line, IP synegeneic mesothelioma cell line, or intravenous Gemzar. 14 Saline SC MPM IP MPM Gemzar Saline...mesothelioma cell line, IP synegeneic mesothelioma cell line, or intravenous Gemzar. Upper panel: Complete set of the PGA 400 data. Box colors correspond

  3. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2015-09-01

    as mesothelial carcinogenesis occurs. Tumor development and growth during 52 weeks will also be followed in animals using high-frequency ultrasound ...IP synegeneic mesothelioma cell line, or intravenous Gemzar. 14 Saline SC MPM IP MPM Gemzar Saline SC MPM IP MPM Gemzar Figure 9...Development of AGAs in in rodents receiving saline, SC syngeneic mesothelioma cell line, IP synegeneic mesothelioma cell line, or intravenous Gemzar

  4. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2013-07-01

    of the military personnel of high-risk for this malignancy due to their potential long-term exposure to carcinogenic form of asbestos during their...model-Meso-rat sera. 3. We have the protocols approved for the first long-term animal study for the immune responses to the exposure to asbestos in...meanwhile, our new glycochip NYU-PGA-400 will no doubt provide far more asbestos exposure- and human Malignant Mesothelioma-relevant immuno-information as

  5. Proteome Screening of Pleural Effusions Identifies Galectin 1 as a Diagnostic Biomarker and Highlights Several Prognostic Biomarkers for Malignant Mesothelioma*

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    Mundt, Filip; Johansson, Henrik J.; Forshed, Jenny; Arslan, Sertaç; Metintas, Muzaffer; Dobra, Katalin; Lehtiö, Janne; Hjerpe, Anders

    2014-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive asbestos-induced cancer, and affected patients have a median survival of approximately one year after diagnosis. It is often difficult to reach a conclusive diagnosis, and ancillary measurements of soluble biomarkers could increase diagnostic accuracy. Unfortunately, few soluble mesothelioma biomarkers are suitable for clinical application. Here we screened the effusion proteomes of mesothelioma and lung adenocarcinoma patients to identify novel soluble mesothelioma biomarkers. We performed quantitative mass-spectrometry-based proteomics using isobaric tags for quantification and used narrow-range immobilized pH gradient/high-resolution isoelectric focusing (pH 4–4.25) prior to analysis by means of nano liquid chromatography coupled to MS/MS. More than 1,300 proteins were identified in pleural effusions from patients with malignant mesothelioma (n = 6), lung adenocarcinoma (n = 6), or benign mesotheliosis (n = 7). Data are available via ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD000531. The identified proteins included a set of known mesothelioma markers and proteins that regulate hallmarks of cancer such as invasion, angiogenesis, and immune evasion, plus several new candidate proteins. Seven candidates (aldo-keto reductase 1B10, apolipoprotein C-I, galectin 1, myosin-VIIb, superoxide dismutase 2, tenascin C, and thrombospondin 1) were validated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in a larger group of patients with mesothelioma (n = 37) or metastatic carcinomas (n = 25) and in effusions from patients with benign, reactive conditions (n = 16). Galectin 1 was identified as overexpressed in effusions from lung adenocarcinoma relative to mesothelioma and was validated as an excellent predictor for metastatic carcinomas against malignant mesothelioma. Galectin 1, aldo-keto reductase 1B10, and apolipoprotein C-I were all identified as potential prognostic biomarkers for malignant mesothelioma. This analysis of the effusion proteome

  6. Circulating miR-132-3p as a Candidate Diagnostic Biomarker for Malignant Mesothelioma

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    Gawrych, Katarzyna; Casjens, Swaantje; Brik, Alexander; Lehnert, Martin; Taeger, Dirk; Pesch, Beate; Kollmeier, Jens; Bauer, Torsten T.; Johnen, Georg; Brüning, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    The use of circulating microRNAs as biomarkers has opened new opportunities for diagnosis of cancer because microRNAs exhibit tumor-specific expression profiles. The aim of this study was the identification of circulating microRNAs in human plasma as potential biomarkers for the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. For discovery, TaqMan Low Density Array Human MicroRNA Cards were used to analyze 377 microRNAs in plasma samples from 21 mesothelioma patients and 21 asbestos-exposed controls. For verification, individual TaqMan microRNA assays were used for quantitative real-time PCR in plasma samples from 22 mesothelioma patients and 44 asbestos-exposed controls. The circulating miR-132-3p showed different expression levels between mesothelioma patients and asbestos-exposed controls. For discrimination, sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 61% were calculated. Circulating miR-132-3p in plasma was not affected by hemolysis and no impact of age or smoking status on miR-132-3p levels could be observed. For the combination of miR-132-3p with the previously described miR-126, sensitivity of 77% and specificity of 86% were calculated. The results of this study indicate that miR-132-3p might be a new promising diagnostic biomarker for malignant mesothelioma. It is indicated that the combination of miR-132-3p with other individual biomarkers improves the biomarker performance. PMID:28321148

  7. Sexual Addiction: Diagnostic Problems

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    Giugliano, John R.

    2009-01-01

    In recent years clinicians report a great deal of concern about definition, diagnostic assessment, and treatment modalities when dealing with what might be called out-of-control sexual behavior. Many terms have been used to describe the phenomenon of problematic sexual behavior. Many of these concepts overlap, some are no longer popular, and some…

  8. Sexual Addiction: Diagnostic Problems

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    Giugliano, John R.

    2009-01-01

    In recent years clinicians report a great deal of concern about definition, diagnostic assessment, and treatment modalities when dealing with what might be called out-of-control sexual behavior. Many terms have been used to describe the phenomenon of problematic sexual behavior. Many of these concepts overlap, some are no longer popular, and some…

  9. BAP1 facilitates diagnostic objectivity, classification, and prognostication in malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    McGregor, Stephanie M; Dunning, Ryan; Hyjek, Elizabeth; Vigneswaran, Wickii; Husain, Aliya N; Krausz, Thomas

    2015-11-01

    BRCA-associated protein 1 (BAP1) has emerged as a promising biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Loss of BAP1 expression can occur by a variety of mechanisms, but reports on incidence are variable and the clinical significance is unclear. In order to investigate the diagnostic and prognostic significance of BAP1, we constructed a tissue microarray consisting of 111 MPM cases and performed BAP1 immunohistochemistry. BAP1 was lost in 77% of epithelioid cases (n=58) but was retained in all sarcomatoid cases (n=10); 49% of biphasic cases showed loss (n=43), and BAP1-negative cases demonstrated loss of staining in both the epithelioid and sarcomatoid components. All non-neoplastic mesothelial tissues (n=20) retained BAP1, resulting in a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of 61%, 100%, 100%, and 32%, respectively. Moreover, BAP1 expression in spindled mesothelium enabled discrimination of reactive and malignant cells, thus providing a more objective means of distinguishing epithelioid from biphasic morphology compared to histology alone. Nonetheless, BAP1 staining was patchy in some benign mesothelial neoplasms, which raises concern for using BAP1 in small biopsies. Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated a significant improvement in overall survival with BAP1 loss, but this did not reach significance in multivariate analysis accounting for histologic subtype. When only epithelioid cases were analyzed there was a trend toward increased survival, but it did not reach significance. We conclude that BAP1 loss is frequent in epithelioid MPM, which is in turn associated with improved survival, and that it can have additional clinical significance by facilitating histologic classification. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. [Hypersomnia: a diagnostic problem].

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    Kranenburg, Guido; Teunissen, Laurien L

    2014-01-01

    Hypersomnia is a frequently occurring problem. When taking a medical history it is important to distinguish between fatigue and sleepiness. We present a 14-year-old girl with narcolepsy and a 59-year-old man with idiopathic hypersomnia. Features that are typical of narcolepsy are cataplexy and weight gain. Features that are typical of both narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia are daytime naps, insomnia, sleep paralysis and hypnagogic hallucinations. Additional testing in patients with hypersomnia should include a polysomnography in order to exclude other sleeping disorders, and a mean sleep latency test. Practice shows that both patients with narcolepsy and those with idiopathic hypersomnia benefit from treatment with stimulating drugs such as modafinil.

  11. Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers in the Rational Assessment of Mesothelioma (DIAPHRAGM) study: protocol of a prospective, multicentre, observational study

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    Tsim, Selina; Kelly, Caroline; Alexander, Laura; McCormick, Carol; Thomson, Fiona; Woodward, Rosie; Foster, John E; Stobo, David B; Paul, Jim; Maskell, Nick A; Chalmers, Anthony; Blyth, Kevin G

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related cancer, which is difficult to diagnose. Thoracoscopy is frequently required but is not widely available. An accurate, non-invasive diagnostic biomarker would allow early specialist referral, limit diagnostic delays and maximise clinical trial access. Current markers offer insufficient sensitivity and are not routinely used. The SOMAmer proteomic classifier and fibulin-3 have recently demonstrated sensitivity and specificity exceeding 90% in retrospective studies. DIAPHRAGM (Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers in the Rational Assessment of Mesothelioma) is a suitably powered, multicentre, prospective observational study designed to determine whether these markers provide clinically useful diagnostic and prognostic information. Methods and analysis Serum and plasma (for SOMAscan and fibulin-3, respectively) will be collected at presentation, prior to pleural biopsy/pleurodesis, from 83 to 120 patients with MPM, at least 480 patients with non-MPM pleural disease and 109 asbestos-exposed controls. Final numbers of MPM/non-MPM cases will depend on the incidence of MPM in the study population (estimated at 13–20%). Identical sampling and storage protocols will be used in 22 recruiting centres and histological confirmation sought in all cases. Markers will be measured using the SOMAscan proteomic assay (SomaLogic) and a commercially available fibulin-3 ELISA (USCN Life Science). The SE in the estimated sensitivity and specificity will be <5% for each marker and their performance will be compared with serum mesothelin. Blood levels will be compared with paired pleural fluid levels and MPM tumour volume (using MRI) in a nested substudy. The prognostic value of each marker will be assessed and a large bioresource created. Ethics and dissemination The study has been approved by the West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee (Ref: 13/WS/0240). A Trial Management Group meets on a monthly basis. Results

  12. Spectroscopic problems in ITER diagnostics

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    Lisitsa, V. S.; Bureyeva, L. A.; Kukushkin, A. B.; Kadomtsev, M. B.; Krupin, V. A.; Levashova, M. G.; Medvedev, A. A.; Mukhin, E. E.; Shurygin, V. A.; Tugarinov, S. N.; Vukolov, K. Yu

    2012-12-01

    Problems of spectroscopic diagnostics of ITER plasma are under consideration. Three types of diagnostics are presented: 1) Balmer lines spectroscopy in the edge and divertor plasmas; 2) Thomson scattering, 3) charge exchange recombination spectroscopy. The Zeeman-Stark structure of line shapes is discussed. The overlapping of isotopes H-D-T spectral line shapes are presented for the SOL and divertor conditions. The polarization measurements of H-alpha spectral lines for H-D mixture on T-10 tokamak are shown in order to separate Zeeman splitting in more details. The problem of plasma background radiation emission for Thomson scattering in ITER is discussed in details. The line shape of P-7 hydrogen spectral line having a wave length close to laser one is presented together with continuum radiation. The charge exchange recombination spectroscopy (CXRS) is discussed in details. The data on Dα, HeII and CVI measurements in CXRS experiments on T-10 tokamak are presented.

  13. Pleural mesothelioma – case report

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    Klawiter, Anna; Damaszke, Tomasz

    2010-01-01

    Summary Background: Pleural mesothelioma is a very rare neoplasm; especially the local form. The diagnostics is difficult and the prognosis unfavourable. Case Report: We presented a case of a man with dyspnoea and cough. His chest radiogram showed hydrothorax on the left side. Neither the examinations of the pleural liquid, nor the CT-guided fine needle biopsy established the diagnosis. CT showed features suggestive of pleural mesothelioma. The diagnosis was confirmed by thoracoscopy. Although no neoplastic cells were found in the thoracoscopic specimen from the supradiaphragmatic tumor, we assumed that to be a case of a diffuse, primarily local form of mesothelioma. Conclusions: Diagnostics of pleural mesothelioma is very difficult. CT and thoracoscopy seem to be very valuable diagnostic methods. It is worth remembering that pleural mesothelioma can have a local form which may transform into a diffuse one. PMID:22802809

  14. Diagnostic problems in oral pathology.

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    Dunlap, C L; Barker, B F

    1985-02-01

    Diagnostic problems within the oral cavity may be associated with lesions of the odontogenic apparatus, salivary glands, bone, mucosa, and connective tissue. Some lesions are unique to the oral cavity, others have a systemic distribution. Several unique and controversial lesions have been selected for discussion, including (1) necrotizing sialometaplasia, a benign salivary gland disease easily mistaken for malignancy; (2) verrucous lesions including verrucous carcinoma, verrucous hyperplasia, and papillary carcinoma; (3) spindle-cell carcinoma, which is often confused with sarcoma; (4) named and unnamed embryonic rests, which may resemble metastatic carcinomas; (5) dental pulp mistaken for odontogenic myxoma; and (6) granular cell tumor with associated pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia.

  15. Pembrolizumab in Treating Patients With Malignant Mesothelioma

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    2016-11-14

    Biphasic Mesothelioma; Epithelioid Mesothelioma; Peritoneal Malignant Mesothelioma; Pleural Biphasic Mesothelioma; Pleural Epithelioid Mesothelioma; Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma; Pleural Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma; Recurrent Peritoneal Malignant Mesothelioma; Recurrent Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma; Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

  16. Peritoneal Mesothelioma: A Review

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    Bridda, Alessio; Padoan, Ilaria; Mencarelli, Roberto; Frego, Mauro

    2007-01-01

    Background Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare aggressive tumor of the peritoneum, regarded as a universally fatal disease. It is poorly described and the knowledge of its natural history is very limited. Occupational and environmental asbestos exposure still remains a public health problem around the world. The incidence has increased in the past 2 decades. Only 20% to 33% of all mesotheliomas arise from the peritoneum itself; the pleura is the most common site of origin. PMID:17955087

  17. Malignant mesothelioma following radiation exposure

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    Antman, K.H.; Corson, J.M.; Li, F.P.; Greenberger, J.; Sytkowski, A.; Henson, D.E.; Weinstein, L.

    1983-11-01

    Mesothelioma developed in proximity to the field of therapeutic radiation administered 10-31 years previously in four patients. In three, mesothelioma arose within the site of prior therapeutic radiation for another cancer. Mesothelioma in the fourth patient developed adjacent to the site of cosmetic radiation to a thyroidectomy scar. None of these four patients recalled an asbestos exposure or had evidence of asbestosis on chest roentgenogram. Lung tissue in one patient was negative for ferruginous bodies, a finding considered to indicate no significant asbestos exposure. Five other patients with radiation-associated mesothelioma have been reported previously, suggesting that radiation is an uncommon cause of human mesothelioma. Problems in the diagnosis of radiation-associated mesotheliomas are considered.

  18. Mesothelioma - malignant

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    ... Names Mesothelioma - malignant; Malignant pleura mesothelioma (MPM) Images Respiratory system References Broaddus VC, Robinson BWS. Pleural tumors. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine . 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016: ...

  19. Diagnostic usefulness of p16/CDKN2A FISH in distinguishing between sarcomatoid mesothelioma and fibrous pleuritis.

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    Wu, Di; Hiroshima, Kenzo; Matsumoto, Shinji; Nabeshima, Kazuki; Yusa, Toshikazu; Ozaki, Daisuke; Fujino, Michio; Yamakawa, Hisami; Nakatani, Yukio; Tada, Yuji; Shimada, Hideaki; Tagawa, Masatoshi

    2013-01-01

    The distinction between sarcomatoid mesothelioma and fibrous pleuritis is difficult based on histology, especially when the amount of tumor tissue examined via biopsy is small and immunohistochemical examination is inconclusive. We studied the usefulness of deletion of p16 with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and p16 hypermethylation with polymerase chain reaction for the diagnosis and prognosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). We analyzed 50 MPMs, including 22 sarcomatoid mesothelioma cases and 10 fibrous pleuritis cases. We set the cutoff value of homozygous deletion pattern as 14.4% based on FISH signaling patterns using samples of fibrous pleuritis. The percentage of homozygous deletion pattern was higher than 14.4% in 55.6% of the epithelioid mesotheliomas (10/18) and in all of the sarcomatoid mesotheliomas (22/22). Methylation of p16 was observed in 7 (20.6%) of 34 informative cases. p16 FISH analysis can be a reliable test for distinguishing between sarcomatoid mesothelioma and fibrous pleuritis and a prognostic factor for MPM.

  20. Diagnostic value of microRNAs in asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma: systematic review and qualitative meta-analysis

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    Micolucci, Luigina; Akhtar, Most Mauluda; Olivieri, Fabiola; Rippo, Maria Rita; Procopio, Antonio Domenico

    2016-01-01

    Background Asbestos is a harmful and exceptionally persistent natural material. Malignant mesothelioma (MM), an asbestos-related disease, is an insidious, lethal cancer that is poorly responsive to current treatments. Minimally invasive, specific, and sensitive biomarkers providing early and effective diagnosis in high-risk patients are urgently needed. MicroRNAs (miRNAs, miRs) are endogenous, non-coding, small RNAs with established diagnostic value in cancer and pollution exposure. A systematic review and a qualitative meta-analysis were conducted to identify high-confidence miRNAs that can serve as biomarkers of asbestos exposure and MM. Methods The major biomedical databases were systematically searched for miRNA expression signatures related to asbestos exposure and MM. The qualitative meta-analysis applied a novel vote-counting method that takes into account multiple parameters. The most significant miRNAs thus identified were then subjected to functional and bioinformatic analysis to assess their biomarker potential. Results A pool of deregulated circulating and tissue miRNAs with biomarker potential for MM was identified and designated as “mesomiRs” (MM-associated miRNAs). Comparison of data from asbestos-exposed and MM subjects found that the most promising candidates for a multimarker signature were circulating miR-126-3p, miR-103a-3p, and miR-625-3p in combination with mesothelin. The most consistently described tissue miRNAs, miR-16-5p, miR-126-3p, miR-143-3p, miR-145-5p, miR-192-5p, miR-193a-3p, miR-200b-3p, miR-203a-3p, and miR-652-3p, were also found to provide a diagnostic signature and should be further investigated as possible therapeutic targets. Conclusion The qualitative meta-analysis and functional investigation confirmed the early diagnostic value of two miRNA signatures for MM. Large-scale, standardized validation studies are needed to assess their clinical relevance, so as to move from the workbench to the clinic. PMID:27259231

  1. Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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  2. Malignant mesothelioma

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    Moore, Alastair J; Parker, Robert J; Wiggins, John

    2008-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a fatal asbestos-associated malignancy originating from the lining cells (mesothelium) of the pleural and peritoneal cavities, as well as the pericardium and the tunica vaginalis. The exact prevalence is unknown but it is estimated that mesotheliomas represent less than 1% of all cancers. Its incidence is increasing, with an expected peak in the next 10–20 years. Pleural malignant mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma. Typical presenting features are those of chest pain and dyspnoea. Breathlessness due to a pleural effusion without chest pain is reported in about 30% of patients. A chest wall mass, weight loss, sweating, abdominal pain and ascites (due to peritoneal involvement) are less common presentations. Mesothelioma is directly attributable to occupational asbestos exposure with a history of exposure in over 90% of cases. There is also evidence that mesothelioma may result from both para-occupational exposure and non-occupational "environmental" exposure. Idiopathic or spontaneous mesothelioma can also occur in the absence of any exposure to asbestos, with a spontaneous rate in humans of around one per million. A combination of accurate exposure history, along with examination radiology and pathology are essential to make the diagnosis. Distinguishing malignant from benign pleural disease can be challenging. The most helpful CT findings suggesting malignant pleural disease are 1) a circumferential pleural rind, 2) nodular pleural thickening, 3) pleural thickening of > 1 cm and 4) mediastinal pleural involvement. Involvement of a multidisciplinary team is recommended to ensure prompt and appropriate management, using a framework of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery and symptom palliation with end of life care. Compensation issues must also be considered. Life expectancy in malignant mesothelioma is poor, with a median survival of about one year following diagnosis. PMID:19099560

  3. A connectionist model for diagnostic problem solving

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    Peng, Yun; Reggia, James A.

    1989-01-01

    A competition-based connectionist model for solving diagnostic problems is described. The problems considered are computationally difficult in that (1) multiple disorders may occur simultaneously and (2) a global optimum in the space exponential to the total number of possible disorders is sought as a solution. The diagnostic problem is treated as a nonlinear optimization problem, and global optimization criteria are decomposed into local criteria governing node activation updating in the connectionist model. Nodes representing disorders compete with each other to account for each individual manifestation, yet complement each other to account for all manifestations through parallel node interactions. When equilibrium is reached, the network settles into a locally optimal state. Three randomly generated examples of diagnostic problems, each of which has 1024 cases, were tested, and the decomposition plus competition plus resettling approach yielded very high accuracy.

  4. Benign cystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Bhandarkar, D S; Smith, V J; Evans, D A; Taylor, T V

    1993-01-01

    The well defined but rare entity of benign cystic mesothelioma is reported. The aetiology of this neoplasm remains obscure. The presenting features make a precise preoperative diagnosis difficult; information provided by computed tomography and cytology may help. A firm diagnosis can only come from electron microscopic or immunohistochemical examination of the tumour. Diagnostic accuracy and diligent follow up are essential because, although the tumour is considered benign, it does tend towards local recurrence. Images PMID:8227441

  5. HEG1 is a novel mucin-like membrane protein that serves as a diagnostic and therapeutic target for malignant mesothelioma

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    Tsuji, Shoutaro; Washimi, Kota; Kageyama, Taihei; Yamashita, Makiko; Yoshihara, Mitsuyo; Matsuura, Rieko; Yokose, Tomoyuki; Kameda, Yoichi; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Morohoshi, Takao; Tsuura, Yukio; Yusa, Toshikazu; Sato, Takashi; Togayachi, Akira; Narimatsu, Hisashi; Nagasaki, Toshinori; Nakamoto, Kotaro; Moriwaki, Yasuhiro; Misawa, Hidemi; Hiroshima, Kenzo; Miyagi, Yohei; Imai, Kohzoh

    2017-01-01

    The absence of highly specific markers for malignant mesothelioma (MM) has served an obstacle for its diagnosis and development of molecular-targeting therapy against MM. Here, we show that a novel mucin-like membrane protein, sialylated protein HEG homolog 1 (HEG1), is a highly specific marker for MM. A monoclonal antibody against sialylated HEG1, SKM9-2, can detect even sarcomatoid and desmoplastic MM. The specificity and sensitivity of SKM9-2 to MM reached 99% and 92%, respectively; this antibody did not react with normal tissues. This accurate discrimination by SKM9-2 was due to the recognition of a sialylated O-linked glycan with HEG1 peptide. We also found that gene silencing of HEG1 significantly suppressed the survival and proliferation of mesothelioma cells; this result suggests that HEG1 may be a worthwhile target for function-inhibition drugs. Taken together, our results indicate that sialylated HEG1 may be useful as a diagnostic and therapeutic target for MM. PMID:28361969

  6. PAX8 Expression in a Subset of Malignant Peritoneal Mesotheliomas and Benign Mesothelium has Diagnostic Implications in the Differential Diagnosis of Ovarian Serous Carcinoma.

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    Chapel, David B; Husain, Aliya N; Krausz, Thomas; McGregor, Stephanie M

    2017-09-04

    Distinguishing malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) from serous carcinoma involving the peritoneum remains a diagnostic challenge, particularly in small biopsy and cytology specimens. In this distinction, PAX8 expression has been regarded as a specific marker of serous carcinoma. In addition, BAP1 loss is reportedly specific to MPM, in the distinction from both benign mesothelial lesions and ovarian serous tumors (OSTs). Using immunohistochemistry, we examined PAX8 and BAP1 expression in 27 MPMs, 25 cases of benign mesothelium, and 45 OSTs. Five MPMs were PAX8 (5/27, 18%), while 8 cases of benign mesothelium expressed PAX8 (8/25, 32%). PAX8 expression in mesothelium was significantly more common in women than in men (P=0.01). Sixteen MPMs exhibited BAP1 loss (16/25, 64%), while BAP1 was retained in all benign mesothelium and all OSTs. All cases of PAX8 mesothelium were negative for expression of estrogen receptor. These data show that PAX8 is expressed in both benign and malignant mesothelium, and that BAP1 loss is highly specific for MPM, in the differential with both benign mesothelial proliferations and OTSs. These results also have implications for primary diagnosis and for pathologic staging of OST. Caution should be applied when PAX8 expression is used to distinguish mesothelial and serous proliferations, and BAP1 loss may be confirmatory in cases where mesothelioma is favored.

  7. [Bilateral pleural mesothelioma--case report].

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    Land, I; Knolle, H

    1990-08-01

    It is reported on the rare case of a 46-year-old female patient with a bilateral mesothelioma of the pleura without contact to asbest. Although the female was suspected in a malignant tumor and many diagnostic investigations were performed, diagnosis could be ensured morphologically only a short time before her death. Causes and development of mesothelioma, histological types, clinical symptoms and diagnostic procedures are described.

  8. Functional reasoning in diagnostic problem solving

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    Sticklen, Jon; Bond, W. E.; Stclair, D. C.

    1988-01-01

    This work is one facet of an integrated approach to diagnostic problem solving for aircraft and space systems currently under development. The authors are applying a method of modeling and reasoning about deep knowledge based on a functional viewpoint. The approach recognizes a level of device understanding which is intermediate between a compiled level of typical Expert Systems, and a deep level at which large-scale device behavior is derived from known properties of device structure and component behavior. At this intermediate functional level, a device is modeled in three steps. First, a component decomposition of the device is defined. Second, the functionality of each device/subdevice is abstractly identified. Third, the state sequences which implement each function are specified. Given a functional representation and a set of initial conditions, the functional reasoner acts as a consequence finder. The output of the consequence finder can be utilized in diagnostic problem solving. The paper also discussed ways in which this functional approach may find application in the aerospace field.

  9. Progress and problems in flare particle diagnostics

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    Brown, J. C.

    Recent solar maxima saw major progress in remote diagnosis of flare particles at the sun via advances in ground and space instrumentation and in coordinated observing campaigns, including in situ measurements of related space plasma particles, waves, and fields. This review discusses aspects of where we stand with regard to remote particle diagnostics, emphasising recent progress and new problems. Special attention is paid to interpretation of `hard' [hard X-ray (HXR) and gamma-ray (GR)] photon data from the Ramaty High Energy Spectrometric Imager (RHESSI) and emphasising their implications for the basic physics problems of acceleration, propagation, and flare energy transport budget. In particular the following are discussed: - a) HXR SPECTRAL INVERSION Progress in numerical regularisation algorithms incorporating physical constraints Real thin and thick target and thermal model electron distribution recovery Testing/exclusion of models by application of these to RHESSI data Interpretive complications - e.g. albedo, directivity, energy dispersion b) HXR SPECTROSCOPIC IMAGE INTERPRETATION Image reconstruction algorithms - 2-D to 3-D ambiguity Source sizes and physics implications Source sizes and locations compared with TRACE, radio and other data Beam energy losses, and atmospheric density structure - e.g. coronal thick targets Evidence for and implications of complex versus simple loop structure Diffuse source (e.g. albedo patch) detection c) HXR ANISOTROPY AND POLARISATION d) GR-LINE SPECTRA AND IMAGES AND OTHER ION DIAGNOSTICS Implications for MEV ion acceleration sites, propagation, and energy budget Low energy ion diagnostics e) FLARE ENERGY BUDGET Real evidence for low energy cut-offs in particle spectra Neupert effect and status of the single loop particle heated model

  10. Benign Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma: A Rare Tumour of the Abdomen

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    Somasundaram, Soundappan; Khajanchi, Monty; Vaja, Tejas; Jajoo, Bhushan; Dey, Amit Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: a rare tumor of the abdomen, is a diagnostic dilemma. This report emphasizes the importance of diagnostic laparoscopy in the diagnosis of the tumour. PMID:25866695

  11. Validation of EORTC and CALGB prognostic models in surgical patients submitted to diagnostic, palliative or curative surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Sandri, Alberto; Guerrera, Francesco; Roffinella, Matteo; Olivetti, Stefania; Costardi, Lorena; Oliaro, Alberto; Filosso, Pier Luigi; Lausi, Paolo Olivo; Ruffini, Enrico

    2016-08-01

    To assess the trend of our surgical patients affected by malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and submitted to diagnostic/palliative or curative surgical procedures and to validate the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) prognostic score in our patient population. This is a cohort study of patients submitted to surgery for MPM from January 2007 to December 2013. Primary outcome was overall survival (OS). Univariate and multivariate-adjusted comparisons by EORTC prognostic score for OS were accomplished using Cox method. Adjusted models included the following clinical variables: kind of procedure, smoking habit, asbestos exposure, Charlson's Comorbidity Index (CCI), clinical tumor stage, adjuvant chemotherapy, dyspnoea, chest pain and haematological variables according to the score features. Nomenclature of the surgical procedures matches the International Association for the Study Lung Cancer (IASLC)/International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMIG). One-hundred sixty-six consecutive cases were collected: the median age at surgery was 73 years and 123 patients (75%) had a history of asbestos exposure. Ninty patients (54%) were submitted to a palliative/diagnostic thoracoscopy, 30 to pleurectomy/decortication (P/D), and 6 to extra-pleural pneumonectomy (EPP). Clinical TNM stages were as follows: 99 (60%) stage I-II, 34 (20%) stage III and 33 (20%) stage IV. The median follow-up (FU) was 19 months [interquartile range (IQR), 9-31 months] and the FU-completeness was 98%. By the end of the study 130 patients died (78%). One- and 3-year OS was 60% and 36%, respectively. Patients submitted to EPP and P/D showed a better survival (P=0.013). Multivariable model showed an independent prognostic value of EORTC score (HR =2.86, P<0.001). In selected patients, aggressive surgical approaches, although not radical, may still be beneficial. The EORTC prognostic index proved to be an independent prognostic factor in our cohort of patients and

  12. Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

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  13. A Diagnostic Taxonomy of Adult Career Problems.

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    Campbell, Robert E.; Cellini, James V.

    1981-01-01

    Developed a taxonomy for the differential diagnosis of adult career development problems. Problem categories identified were: (1) problems in career decision making; (2) problems in implementing career plans; (3) problems in organizational/institutional performance; and (4) problems in organizational/institutional adaption. (Author)

  14. [Metastasis revealing malignant peritoneum mesothelioma: About the difficulty to identify the primary tumors].

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    Bretagne, Charles-Henri; Petitjean, Alain; Felix, Sophie; Bedgedjian, Isabelle; Algros, Marie-Paule; Delabrousse, Eric; Valmary-Degano, Séverine

    2016-04-01

    Peritoneal malignant mesothelioma is a rare and extremely aggressive tumor that is sometimes difficult to diagnose. We report two cases of metastatic malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. In one case, malignant metastatic cells were identified in cervical lymph nodes while in the other case, the cells were found in the liver. In both cases, metastases were identified before discovering the primary tumor. This led to the misdiagnosis of carcinoma of unknown origin. Nevertheless, the histological and immuno-histochemical patterns were typical of malignant mesothelioma. Regarding metastasis of unknown origin, a differentiation of epithelioid peritoneal malignant mesothelioma and adenocarcinoma proved to be difficult. Therefore, we discuss the diagnostic usefulness of immuno-histochemical mesothelioma markers.

  15. Multicystic mesothelioma with endometriosis.

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    Groisman, G M; Kerner, H

    1992-12-01

    A multicystic mesothelioma of the omentum in a 36 year old woman consisted of a multicystic mass with foci of typical endometriosis and 'necrotic pseudoxanthomatous nodules'. The presence of endometriosis within multicystic mesothelioma has never been reported. Our findings support the hypothesis that endometriosis plays a rôle in the pathogenesis of multicystic mesothelioma and that this is a reactive rather than a neoplastic lesion.

  16. Computerized Diagnostic Testing: Problems and Possibilities.

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    McArthur, David L.

    The use of computers to build diagnostic inferences is explored in two contexts. In computerized monitoring of liquid oxygen systems for the space shuttle, diagnoses are exact because they can be derived within a world which is closed. In computerized classroom testing of reading comprehension, programs deliver a constrained form of adaptive…

  17. Accuracy of pathological diagnosis of mesothelioma cases in Japan: clinicopathological analysis of 382 cases.

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    Takeshima, Yukio; Inai, Kouki; Amatya, Vishwa Jeet; Gemba, Kenichi; Aoe, Keisuke; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Kato, Katsuya; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2009-11-01

    Incidences of mesothelioma are on the rise in Japan. However, the accurate frequency of mesothelioma occurrence is still unknown. The aim of this study is to clarify the accuracy of pathological diagnosis of mesothelioma. Among the 2742 mesothelioma death cases extracted from the document "Vital Statistics of Japan" for 2003-2005, pathological materials were obtained for 382 cases. After these materials were reviewed and immunohistochemical analyses were conducted, mesothelioma was diagnosed by discussions based on clinical and radiological information. Sixty-five cases (17.0%) were categorized as "definitely not/unlikely" mesotheliomas, and 273 cases (71.5%) were categorized as "probable/definite" mesotheliomas. The percentage of "probable/definite" pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma cases in males was 74.3% and 87.5%, respectively, and that of pleural cases in females was 59.2%; however, the percentage of "probable/definite" peritoneal cases in females was only 22.2%. These results suggest that the diagnostic accuracy of mesothelioma is relatively low in females and in cases of peritoneal and sarcomatoid subtype mesotheliomas; furthermore, approximately 15% of cases of deaths due to mesothelioma in Japan are diagnostically suspicious.

  18. Neurocysticercosis: Diagnostic problems & current therapeutic strategies

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    Rajshekhar, Vedantam

    2016-01-01

    Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most common single cause of seizures/epilepsy in India and several other endemic countries throughout the world. It is also the most common parasitic disease of the brain caused by the cestode Taenia solium or pork tapeworm. The diagnosis of NCC and the tapeworm carrier (taeniasis) can be relatively inaccessible and expensive for most of the patients. In spite of the introduction of several new immunological tests, neuroimaging remains the main diagnostic test for NCC. The treatment of NCC is also mired in controversy although, there is emerging evidence that albendazole (a cysticidal drug) may be beneficial for patients by reducing the number of seizures and hastening the resolution of live cysts. Currently, there are several diagnostic and management issues which remain unresolved. This review will highlight some of these issues. PMID:28139530

  19. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma: a review

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    Bhagwandin, Shanel; Labow, Daniel M.

    2017-01-01

    Mesothelioma is a malignancy of serosal membranes. It is most commonly encountered in the visceral pleura with the second most common location in the peritoneum. The diagnosis is very rare and has been linked to toxic exposure to industrial pollutants, especially asbestos. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) commonly presents with diffuse, extensive spread throughout the abdomen with rare metastatic spread beyond the abdominal cavity. Due to its rarity and nonspecific symptoms, it is usually diagnosed late when the disease burden is extensive. Because pleural mesothelioma is more common than MPM, most research has been on the pleural variant and extrapolated for MPM. While treatment advances have been made for MPM, the disease is universally fatal from either abdominal complications secondary to the spread of disease or starvation. Untreated, the life expectancy is less than a year. Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has become the mainstay of therapy with systemic therapies still being developed. We will review the epidemiology of MPM and discuss diagnostic and treatment strategies. PMID:28706904

  20. Asbestos-induced peritoneal mesothelioma in a construction worker.

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    Fonte, Rodolfo; Gambettino, Salvatore; Melazzini, Mario; Scelsi, Mario; Zanon, Claudio; Candura, Stefano M

    2004-01-01

    Occupational and environmental asbestos exposure continues to represent a public health problem, despite increasingly restrictive laws adopted by most industrialized countries. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive asbestos-related malignancy. We present the case of a 65-year-old man who developed recurrent ascites after having been exposed to asbestos in the building industry for > 40 years. Liver function and histology were normal. Abdominal computed tomography initially excluded the presence of expansive processes, and no abnormal cells were found in the ascitic fluid. Laparoscopy showed diffuse neoplastic infiltration of the peritoneum. Histopathology of bioptic samples revealed epithelioid neoplastic proliferation with a tubulopapillary pattern, falsely suggesting metastatic adenocarcinomatosis. In consideration of the occupational history, and after further diagnostic procedures had failed to identify the hypothetical primitive tumor, immunostaining of the neoplastic tissue was performed. Results were negative for carcinoembrionary antigen and the epithelial glycoprotein Ber-EP4, whereas results were positive for the mesothelial markers cytokeratins, calretinin, epithelial membrane antigen, and HBME-1, thus leading to the correct diagnosis of peritoneal epithelial mesothelioma. The Italian Workers' Compensation Authority recognized the occupational origin of the disease. Cytoreductive surgery associated with continuous hyperthermic peritoneal perfusion (cisplatin at 42 degrees C, for 1 hr) was performed. The disease relapsed after 4 months and was later complicated by a bowel obstruction requiring palliative ileostomy. The patient died 23 months after diagnosis. This case illustrates the insidious diagnostic problems posed by peritoneal mesothelioma, a tumor which often simulates other malignancies (e.g., metastatic carcinomas) at routine histopathological examination. Occupational history and immunohistochemistry are helpful for the correct

  1. A Tool for Helping Veterinary Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving.

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    Danielson, Jared A.; Bender, Holly S.; Mills, Eric M.; Vermeer, Pamela J.; Lockee, Barbara B.

    2003-01-01

    Describes the result of implementing the Problem List Generator, a computer-based tool designed to help clinical pathology veterinary students learn diagnostic problem solving. Findings suggest that student problem solving ability improved, because students identified all relevant data before providing a solution. (MES)

  2. A Tool for Helping Veterinary Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving.

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    Danielson, Jared A.; Bender, Holly S.; Mills, Eric M.; Vermeer, Pamela J.; Lockee, Barbara B.

    2003-01-01

    Describes the result of implementing the Problem List Generator, a computer-based tool designed to help clinical pathology veterinary students learn diagnostic problem solving. Findings suggest that student problem solving ability improved, because students identified all relevant data before providing a solution. (MES)

  3. Angiography of omental mesothelioma

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    Marini, K.; Walter, J.F.

    1984-11-01

    Angiographic features of three cases of omental mesothelioma are presented. These lesions appeared mildly or moderately hypervascular without arteriovenous shunting or arterial encasement. The predominant feeding arteries were the right and left gastroepiploics. Since arteriography may be performed in the evaluation of the often nonspecific presenting symptoms of patients with abdominal mesothelioma, radiologists should be aware of these abnormalities.

  4. Mesothelioma in man and experimental animals.

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    Kannerstein, M; Churg, J

    1980-01-01

    Asbestos has been established as the cause of most cases of diffuse malignant mesothelioma occurring in the industrialized world. The morphology of mesothelioma may be complex, and the employment of chemical, histochemical and ultrastructural studies are often helpful in identification. Diagnostic difficulties may to some degree blur the extent of its prevalence and reliance on exposure history may not reveal its association with asbestos. Reference panels can be useful in assessing the former and analysis of lung tissue asbestos content may help to clarify the latter, especially in the low dose range. Electron microscopy may prove to be of assistance in this respect, possibly with particular attention to the peripheral areas of the lung. Animal experimentation has supported epidemiologic conclusions and revealed the phenomenon of fiber carcinogenesis. The morphology of mesothelioma in experimental animals is very similar to that in humans, including ultrastructural and biochemical features. PMID:6993202

  5. [Reference standards in diagnostic research: problems and solutions].

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    de Groot, Joris A H; Reitsma, Johannes B; Moons, Karel G M

    2014-01-01

    The accuracy of diagnostic tests is of utmost importance as biased test results may lead to wrong decisions in clinical practice. In diagnostic accuracy research the results of a diagnostic test, model or strategy are compared to those of the reference standard, i.e. the best available method to determine whether a certain condition or disease is present or absent. Problems with the reference standard lead to biased test results. The umbrella term for this is 'verification bias'. Verification bias arises if the reference standard cannot be applied to all patients, if investigators use different reference standards or simply because there is no reference standard. Correction of these problems is often possible, and, if it is applied in a transparent and reproducible fashion it will deliver useful diagnostic information. Clinicians who use a diagnostic test should take possible verification bias into account.

  6. Diagnostic Imaging and Problems of Schizencephaly

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    Stopa, Joanna; Kucharska-Miąsik, Iwona; Dziurzyńska-Białek, Ewa; Kostkiewicz, Agnieszka; Solińska, Anna; Zając-Mnich, Monika; Guz, Wiesław; Samojedny, Antoni

    2014-01-01

    Summary Background Schizencephaly is a rare developmental malformation of the central nervous system associated with cell migration disturbances. Schizencephaly can be uni- or bilateral and is divided into two morphological types. The cleft is defined as type I (“closed lips”) if there are fused clefts in cerebral mantle. In type II (“open lips”) the clefts are separated and filled with cerebrospinal fluid connecting lateral ventricle with the subarachnoid space. Material/Methods We retrospectively analysed data of patients hospitalized in the Clinical Pediatric Neurology Department of Provincial Hospital No. 2 in Rzeszow between 1998–2011. Clinical data and imaging exams were analysed in the group of children with confirmed schizencephaly. Results Schizencephaly was recognized in 32 children. Diagnosis was made in children at the ages between 2 weeks and 15 years – the majority of older children were born before the year 2000. Diagnostic imaging, most often magnetic resonance imaging, was performed in all of the children. In most cases coexistence of other CNS malformations was discovered. In only one patient there were no neurological symptoms, most of the children presented different developmental disorders and neurological symptoms – most often cerebral palsy and epilepsy. In the group of children with bilateral and type II schizencephaly certain symptoms occurred more often. Conclusions Schizencephaly is a rare central nervous system developmental disorder, which is very often associated with other severe brain malformations and in most of the cases subsequent multiple neurological symptoms. The method of choice in diagnosis of schizencephaly is magnetic resonance, which shows the degree and type of cleft, coexisting abnormalities and allows differential diagnosis. With the increased availability of this method it is possible to recognize schizencephaly more often and earlier. PMID:25473439

  7. [Monochorionic, monoamniotic twin pregnancies. Diagnostic problems. Outcome risk factors].

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    Pessonnier, A; Ko-Kivok-Yun, P; Fournie, A

    1994-01-01

    A monochorial monoamniotic twin pregnancy was conducted to term with the delivery of two live infants. The diagnostic problems are due to the rarity of this type of twin pregnancy. The main complications are recalled, essentially related to funicular and dystocic problems at delivery. Such pregnancies require careful management. A caesarean section should always be entertained.

  8. Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma

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    Tentes, Antonios-Apostolos; Zorbas, Georgios; Pallas, Nicolaos; Fiska, Aliki

    2012-01-01

    Summary Background: Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare disease. It is not certain if it is a benign or a borderline tumor. Although many therapeutic approaches have been used, complete cytoreductive surgery in combination with hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy has gained acceptance. Case Report: A case of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma in a 16-year old patient is reported. The patient underwent complete cytoreduction and received intraoperative hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. The patient is disease-free one year after surgery. Conclusions: Complete cytoreductive surgery in combination with hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy appears to be a rational therapeutic approach in multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma. PMID:23569544

  9. Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Tentes, Antonios-Apostolos; Zorbas, Georgios; Pallas, Nicolaos; Fiska, Aliki

    2012-01-01

    Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare disease. It is not certain if it is a benign or a borderline tumor. Although many therapeutic approaches have been used, complete cytoreductive surgery in combination with hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy has gained acceptance. A case of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma in a 16-year old patient is reported. The patient underwent complete cytoreduction and received intraoperative hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. The patient is disease-free one year after surgery. Complete cytoreductive surgery in combination with hyperthermic intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy appears to be a rational therapeutic approach in multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

  10. [Diagnostic problems in rare types of pneumoconiosis].

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    Vande Weyer, R; De Vuyst, P; Dumortier, P; Jedwab, J

    1983-01-01

    The problems encountered in diagnosing the rare types of pneumoconiosis ( silicatosis other than asbestosis, aluminosis and hard metals fibrosis), result from the difficulties in realising a good occupational anamnese and from the disease pattern by itself. The classical examinations, (X-rays of the thorax and lung function measurements), are not able to detect the cause of these diseases, which are fundamentally characterised by an absence of specificity. These last years, new methods of diagnoses (angiotensin converting enzyme, gallium scan, transbronchial biopsies, mineralogical, cytological and histological examinations of the lung tissues and of the bronchial alveolar lavage) were developed and progressively introduced in the daily practice in pneumology. Only the examination of lung biopsies and of the products of bronchial alveolar lavage, in particular the mineralogical examinations, may usefully orientate the diagnosis. The bronchial alveolar lavage has the advantage of an easy repetition and of a small invasive character. Moreover this technique is of a rather low financial cost. However the results of these examinations must be interpreted with the greatest caution, in function of the complete medical and occupational data. The experience following more than 500 BAL shows that the discovery of talc and kaolin is very significant for an exposition since these minerals were never observed among not exposed subjects. The evidence of these minerals argues also for the diagnosis of talcosis or kaolinosis if there are radiological lesions that are compatible with these diseases. On the other hand a recent study suggests that the identification of multinuclear macrophages and of tungsten and/of tantalum in the bronchial alveolar lavage is pathognomonic of the pathology of the hard metals.

  11. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma

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    Munkholm-Larsen, Stine; Cao, Christopher Q; Yan, Tristan D

    2009-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a highly aggressive neoplasm. The incidence of malignant mesothelioma is increasing worldwide. Diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (DMPM) represents one-fourth of all mesotheliomas. Association of asbestos exposure with DMPM has been observed, especially in males. The great majority of patients present with abdominal pain and distension, caused by accumulation of tumors and ascitic fluid. In the past, DMPM was considered a pre-terminal condition; therefore attracted little attention. Patients invariably died from their disease within a year. Recently, several prospective trials have demonstrated a median survival of 40 to 90 mo and 5-year survival of 30% to 60% after combined treatment using cytoreductive surgery and perioperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy. This remarkable improvement in survival has prompted new search into the medical science related to DMPM, a disease previously ignored as uninteresting. This review article focuses on the key advances in the epidemiology, diagnosis, staging, treatments and prognosis of DMPM that have occurred in the past decade. PMID:21160794

  12. Mesothelioma - benign-fibrous

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  13. What Is Malignant Mesothelioma?

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  14. Mesothelioma in Scotland

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    McEwen, J.; Finlayson, Angela; Mair, A.; Gibson, A. A. M.

    1970-01-01

    In a retrospective study of the incidence of mesothelioma in Scotland for 1950-67 80 cases were traced from pathological reports and biopsy material of malignant tumours invading the pleura and peritoneum. These cases were matched with two sets of controls. Detailed histories of residence, occupation, and degree of exposure to asbestos confirmed that the incidence of mesothelioma in Scotland is similar to that in other parts of Britain. PMID:5485174

  15. Investigational Approaches for Mesothelioma

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    Surmont, Veerle F.; van Thiel, Eric R. E.; Vermaelen, Karim; van Meerbeeck, Jan P.

    2011-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare, aggressive tumor with a poor prognosis. In view of the poor survival benefit from first-line chemotherapy and the lack of subsequent effective treatment options, there is a strong need for the development of more effective treatment approaches for patients with MPM. This review will provide a comprehensive state of the art of new investigational approaches for mesothelioma. In an introductory section, the etiology, epidemiology, natural history, and standard of care treatment for MPM will be discussed. This review provide an update of the major clinical trials that impact mesothelioma treatment, discuss the impact of novel therapeutics, and provide perspective on where the clinical research in mesothelioma is moving. The evidence was collected by a systematic analysis of the literature (2000–2011) using the databases Medline (National Library of Medicine, USA), Embase (Elsevier, Netherlands), Cochrane Library (Great Britain), National Guideline Clearinghouse (USA), HTA Database (International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment – INAHTA), NIH database (USA), International Pleural Mesothelioma Program – WHOLIS (WHO Database), with the following keywords and filters: mesothelioma, guidelines, treatment, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, review, investigational, drugs. Currently different targeted therapies and biologicals are under investigation for MPM. It is important that the molecular biologic research should first focus on mesothelioma-specific pathways and biomarkers in order to have more effective treatment options for this disease. The use of array technology will be certainly an implicit gain in the identification of new potential prognostic or biomarkers or important pathways in the MPM pathogenesis. Probably a central mesothelioma virtual tissue bank may contribute to the ultimate goal to identify druggable targets and to develop personalized treatment for the MPM patients. PMID

  16. Mesotheliomas and chrysotile.

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    Elmes, P

    1994-08-01

    Mesotheliomas are rare. While most are reported to be associated with exposure to durable fibres, a proportion are not caused by the inhalation of fibres at all. Reports of individual cases and studies of small groups are unreliable as evidence of cause because: (a) diagnosis is often unreliable; (b) even if chrysotile fibres are found in lung tissues, the mesothelioma may still be spontaneous. Present knowledge has not progressed much since 1964 when the absence of cases of mesothelioma in amosite and chrysotile miners in South Africa and the very low incidence in Canadian mines was known but not believed. Now we know this information was correct. The significance of low-level amphibole exposures in predominantly chrysotile mixes was not appreciated until studies of fibres in lungs using electron microscopy showed the high lung burden of amphibole fibres in the 1970s and 1980s. The effect of these findings is to make most European and U.S.A. factory cohorts inappropriate for the evaluation of chrysotile mesothelioma risk. Reviewing the current evidence published and unpublished, it seems likely that chrysotile uncontaminated by tremolite may not have caused any mesotheliomas even at high cumulative life-time exposures. Information on the mesothelioma risk among chrysotile user populations using fibres not containing tremolite is badly needed.

  17. A diagnostic classification of problem behavior in dogs and cats.

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    Odendaal, J S

    1997-05-01

    Veterinary clinical ethology is a relatively new field in veterinary practice; with the development of a new discipline, problems often arise regarding diagnosis and the use of terminology. This article proposes a diagnostic system that can be applied by practitioners and researchers. The classification is divided into six main etiologic categories of behavior problems: (1) problems of a genetic origin, (2) problems caused during the animal's developmental stages, (3) ethogram deviations, (4) disturbed social interaction, (5) disease-related behavior, and (6) adaptation inabilities. Conditions may overlap, and all categories involved in a diagnosis should be mentioned for the sake of clarity and completeness.

  18. Adapting a Diagnostic Problem-Solving Model to Information Retrieval.

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    Syu, Inien; Lang, S. D.

    2000-01-01

    Explains how a competition-based connectionist model for diagnostic problem-solving is adapted to information retrieval. Topics include probabilistic causal networks; Bayesian networks; the neural network model; empirical studies of test collections that evaluated retrieval performance; precision results; and the use of a thesaurus to provide…

  19. Meta-analysis and meta-modelling for diagnostic problems

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    2014-01-01

    Background A proportional hazards measure is suggested in the context of analyzing SROC curves that arise in the meta–analysis of diagnostic studies. The measure can be motivated as a special model: the Lehmann model for ROC curves. The Lehmann model involves study–specific sensitivities and specificities and a diagnostic accuracy parameter which connects the two. Methods A study–specific model is estimated for each study, and the resulting study-specific estimate of diagnostic accuracy is taken as an outcome measure for a mixed model with a random study effect and other study-level covariates as fixed effects. The variance component model becomes estimable by deriving within-study variances, depending on the outcome measure of choice. In contrast to existing approaches – usually of bivariate nature for the outcome measures – the suggested approach is univariate and, hence, allows easily the application of conventional mixed modelling. Results Some simple modifications in the SAS procedure proc mixed allow the fitting of mixed models for meta-analytic data from diagnostic studies. The methodology is illustrated with several meta–analytic diagnostic data sets, including a meta–analysis of the Mini–Mental State Examination as a diagnostic device for dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Conclusions The proposed methodology allows us to embed the meta-analysis of diagnostic studies into the well–developed area of mixed modelling. Different outcome measures, specifically from the perspective of whether a local or a global measure of diagnostic accuracy should be applied, are discussed as well. In particular, variation in cut-off value is discussed together with recommendations on choosing the best cut-off value. We also show how this problem can be addressed with the proposed methodology. PMID:24758534

  20. Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis of "uncertain malignant potential" - an evolving concept: case report and review of the literature

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    2011-01-01

    Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis is a rare neoplasm, typically demonstrating frankly malignant morphology and aggressive behavior. Rare cases of well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas have also been reported, which, in contrast, demonstrate indolent behavior. There are, however, cases which do not fit into the well-differentiated or diffuse malignant mesothelioma categories and can be considered mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis of "uncertain malignant potential", which is an emerging diagnostic category. A 57-year-old man presented with a neoplasm in a hydrocele sac. The neoplasm was non-invasive, but showed focal complex and solid growth and it was difficult to categorize either as well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas or malignant mesothelioma. After the initial limited resection, the patient underwent radical orchiectomy with hemiscrotectomy and is alive and without disease progression after 6 years. Documentation of these rare tumors will allow their distinction from true malignant mesotheliomas and will facilitate the development of specific treatment recommendations. PMID:21867523

  1. Update on malignant mesothelioma.

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    Antman, Karen; Hassan, Raffit; Eisner, Milton; Ries, Lynn A G; Edwards, Brenda K

    2005-09-01

    Mesotheliomas are uncommon in the United States, with an incidence of about 3,000 new cases per year (or a risk of about 11 per million Americans per year). Incidence and mortality, however, are probably underestimated. Most are associated with asbestos, although some have arisen in ports of prior radiation, and a reported association with simian virus (SV)40 remains controversial. About 85% of mesotheliomas arise in the pleura, about 91% in the peritoneum, and a small percentage in the pericardium or tunica vaginalis testis. The histology of about half of mesotheliomas is epithelial (tubular papillary), with the remainder sarcomatous or mixed. Multicystic mesotheliomas and well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas are associated with long survival in the absence of treatment and should be excluded from clinical trials intended for the usual rapidly lethal histologic variants of the disease. The median survival is under a year, although longer median survivals for selected patients, particularly those with epithelial histology, have been reported in some combined-modality studies. Recent randomized trials have shown significant improvement in time to progression and survival for the addition of new antifolates to platinum-based chemotherapy.

  2. What Are the Key Statistics about Malignant Mesothelioma?

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  3. 18F-FDG PET/CT in suspected recurrences of epithelial malignant pleural mesothelioma in asbestos-fibers-exposed patients (comparison to standard diagnostic follow-up).

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    Niccoli-Asabella, Artor; Notaristefano, Antonio; Rubini, Domenico; Altini, Corinna; Ferrari, Cristina; Merenda, Nunzio; Fanelli, Margherita; Rubini, Giuseppe

    2013-01-01

    This retrospective study evaluated the role of 18-fluorine-labeled 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) in patients with previous occupational or environmental exposure to asbestos, with histopathological diagnosis of epithelial malignant pleural mesothelioma and suspected recurrences, comparing the data from 18F-FDG PET/CT and computed tomography with contrast enhancement (CECT). 18F-FDG PET/CT has greater sensitivity than CECT in identifying local extent, lymph nodes, and metastasis. 18F-FDG PET/CT whole-body explorations are useful to monitor the follow-up and evaluate the metabolic response to chemo- and radiotherapy, modifying the scheduled treatment plan.

  4. [Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma].

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    Horling, E W; Albert, C; Bassermann, R; Stiegler, H

    1996-01-01

    We report on a 31-year-old man with a 29 x 15 x 15 cm large abdominal tumor who came to surgery under suspicion of echinococcus cyst of the liver. Histologically, the neoplasm could identified as multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (synonyma: benign cystic mesothelioma). Additionally some cysts were located in the greater omentum and mesocolon. In contrast to our case the benign cystic mesotheliomas most commonly occur in young women, localized in the pelvis and abdomen and often complicated by postoperative local recurrence. We performed a resection of the right hemicolon and the omentum. Postoperatively no further therapy was necessary because of the benign appearance of the lesion. Close follow-up is required in these patients due to the disposition for recurrences.

  5. Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Tsao, Anne S.; Wistuba, Ignacio; Roth, Jack A.; Kindler, Hedy Lee

    2009-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a deadly disease that occurs in 2,000 to 3,000 people each year in the United States. Although MPM is an extremely difficult disease to treat, with the median overall survival ranging between 9 and 17 months regardless of stage, there has been significant progress over the last few years that has reshaped the clinical landscape. This article will provide a comprehensive discussion of the latest developments in the treatment of MPM. We will provide an update of the major clinical trials that impact mesothelioma treatment in the resectable and unresectable settings, discuss the impact of novel therapeutics, and provide perspective on where the clinical research in mesothelioma is moving. In addition, there are controversial issues, such as the role of extrapleural pneumonectomy, adjuvant radiotherapy, and use of intensity-modulated radiotherapy versus hemithoracic therapy that will also be addressed in this manuscript. PMID:19255316

  6. Cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum.

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    Datta, R V; Paty, P B

    1997-10-01

    A 48-year-old man presented with a 3-month history of weight loss and progressive right lower quadrant abdominal pain. His medical history was notable for appendectomy at age 17. Ultrasonography and computed tomography of the abdomen revealed a 12 cm multicystic mass in the right paracolic space. At laparotomy a large serous cyst was found arising from the lateral wall of the cecum, and four additional small cysts were found on the small bowel mesentery, greater omentum, liver capsule, and right hemi-diaphragm. Complete removal of the tumor was accomplished by right colectomy with extraperitoneal dissection of the large cyst and simple excision of the four smaller cysts. Final pathology with immunohistochemical staining confirmed cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum. In this report we discuss the diagnostic workup and treatment of this rare disease.

  7. [Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma. A case report].

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    Lari, Federico; Castelli, Giuliano; Bragagni, Gianpaolo

    2012-02-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare malignancy with unknown etiology, first described in 1980, which have been reported to date about 150 cases in the literature. Although the term "benign", used mainly to distinguish it from the classic malignant mesothelioma, a more aggressive cancer, is considered "borderline" in terms of aggression: it tends to local recurrence but cases of lymph node metastases or in other locations at a distance are not described. The symptoms are often vague and nonspecific (abdominal pain, enlarged abdomen and ascites). The common diagnostic imaging techniques (CT, MRI) may appear similar to ovarian or peritoneal cancer by more aggressive mesenchymal neoplasms. Histological examination, accurately with the aid of immunohistochemical techniques, is therefore essential for diagnosis. Treatment is surgical and consists of peritonectomy. After surgery, the prognosis is generally good. In 50% of cases may have local recurrences; so rigorous follow-up is indicated.

  8. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Uzüm, Nüket; Ozçay, Necdet; Ataoğlu, Omür

    2009-06-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare tumor that occurs mainly in women in their reproductive age. It is characterized by the formation of multiple, thin-walled, multilocular cysts that frequently produce large, intra-abdominal masses. The short follow-ups and possible etiologies based on the published reports make it difficult to draw any firm conclusions.

  9. Diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma in an urban hospital: Clinical spectrum and trend in incidence over time

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    Shepherd, K.E.; Oliver, L.C.; Kazemi, H. )

    1989-01-01

    This retrospective analysis reviews the clinical experience of a major urban referral hospital with diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma during the 14-year period from 1973 through 1986. Seventy-five cases of definite or equivocal mesothelioma were identified. There were four cases of primary malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, seven cases of benign fibrous mesothelioma, and 64 cases of diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma. In 43 cases (67%) of diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma, there was historic evidence of asbestos exposure. In 21 cases (33%), there was no known history of asbestos exposure. An increase in annual incidence of diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma was observed over the study period, from three cases in 1973 to ten cases in 1986. Despite greater awareness of this disease, the diagnosis remains a difficult one to establish given the nonspecific symptoms, signs and radiographic appearance, variable histologic appearance, and poor diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of thoracentesis and closed pleural biopsy. Thoracotomy, thoracoscopy, and CT-guided needle biopsies gave higher yields and are the diagnostic measures of choice when diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma is suspected.

  10. Intelligent Tutoring for Diagnostic Problem Solving in Complex Dynamic Systems

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    1991-09-01

    tre cOllecti0n Of ormtio. n he r n tmt or er e Of this C ,ollectof of inorma o. Icluding suggeiont for reducing tis burden. to Watiington N _dgar i...AND SUBTITLE S. FUNDING NUMBERS Intelligent Tutoring for Diagnostic Problem Solving in Complex Dynamic Systems C : N00014-87-K-0482 6. AUTHOR(S) PE...Chronister, Sally Cohen, Ed Crowther, Kelly Deyoe, Suzanne Dilley, Brenda Downs, Janet Fath, Dick Henneman , Patty Jones, Merrick Kossack, Steve Krosner

  11. Metastatic mesothelioma presenting with proptosis.

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    Gibson, Andrew; Musa, Fawaz; Pearson, Andrew; Wiggins, John

    2004-05-01

    To describe the clinical presentation and histologic findings in a patient with metastatic mesothelioma presenting to the ophthalmologist with nonaxial proptosis. Case report. A 55-year-old man presented with a short history of progressive ocular discomfort and vertical diplopia. Clinical examination identified nonaxial proptosis. Subsequent computed tomography showed a large extraconal mass consistent with a malignant process. Three months earlier the patient had been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Unfortunately, he died 3 months after his ophthalmic presentation. Postmortem examination confirmed metastatic mesothelioma in the orbital roof that was histologically identical to the primary pleural malignancy. Pleural mesothelioma can metastasize to the orbit, causing proptosis.

  12. Malignant mesothelioma in Hong Kong.

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    Chang, Kwok C; Leung, Chi C; Tam, Cheuk M; Yu, Wai C; Hui, David S; Lam, Wah K

    2006-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (mesothelioma) is rare. We conducted the first systematic study of the epidemiology of mesothelioma in Hong Kong from 1988 to May 2002 by reviewing medical records. Mesothelioma patients were identified from the database of 12 out of 20 hospitals that would have admitted mesothelioma patients territory-wide. These 12 hospitals served 73% of the total hospital bed-years of the 20 hospitals. We identified 67 mesothelioma patients. The estimated annual incidence was one per million, which was similar to the background incidence of one to two per million among Caucasians. Occupational history was available in 43 subjects. Three quarters of mesothelioma patients with available occupational history had occupational asbestos exposure. Restricting analysis to 48 patients with accessible medical records and using 67 occupational asbestosis patients for comparison, the epidemiology of mesothelioma in Hong Kong shares similarities with the literature: mean age of 63 years upon diagnosis, mean latency of 46 years, median survival of 9.5 months, male predominance, selective presentation among women, high prevalence among workers in ships and dockyards, predominantly epithelioid type, lower prevalence of asbestos bodies, and negative association with pleural plaques. Asbestos consumption in Hong Kong rose in the 1970s and peaked in early 1980s and late 1990s. Hong Kong may encounter an epidemic of mesothelioma in the 2010s if effective occupational asbestos control measures are not in place.

  13. Fibrous mesothelioma. Case report.

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    Verniers, P; De Man, R; De Muynck, P; Crolla, D; Coucke, W; Dewaele, G; Tanghe, W

    1989-12-01

    A case of fibrous mesothelioma is presented. Chest films suggested an elevation of the left diaphragm and a limited pleural effusion, which was confirmed on computed tomography. Percutaneous needle biopsy showed mesothelial cells. At thoracotomy the tumor was attached to the pleura of the mediastinum by a pedicle. Complete surgical resection was possible. Clinical, radiological and histological data in literature are summarized. The radiological features of the presented case correspond to those described in the literature.

  14. The European mesothelioma epidemic

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    Peto, J; Decarli, A; Vecchia, C La; Levi, F; Negri, E

    1999-01-01

    Projections for the period 1995–2029 suggest that the number of men dying from mesothelioma in Western Europe each year will almost double over the next 20 years, from 5000 in 1998 to about 9000 around 2018, and then decline, with a total of about a quarter of a million deaths over the next 35 years. The highest risk will be suffered by men born around 1945–50, of whom about 1 in 150 will die of mesothelioma. Asbestos use in Western Europe remained high until 1980, and substantial quantities are still used in several European countries. These projections are based on the fit of a simple age and birth cohort model to male pleural cancer mortality from 1970 to 1989 for six countries (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland) which together account for three-quarters of the population of Western Europe. The model was tested by comparing observed and predicted numbers of deaths for the period 1990–94. The ratio of mesothelioma to recorded pleural cancer mortality has been 1.6:1 in Britain but was assumed to be 1:1 in other countries. © 1999 Cancer Research Campaign PMID:10027347

  15. Familial mesothelioma: a report of two families

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    Hammar, S.P.; Bockus, D.; Remington, F.; Freidman, S.; LaZerte, G.

    1989-02-01

    Five reports of familial mesothelioma in which mesotheliomas occurred in two or more family members have been recorded in the medical literature. In this report, we describe two examples of familial mesothelioma. In one family, three brothers who worked in the asbestos insulation industry developed mesothelioma. In the second family, the father, who was occupationally exposed to asbestos, died from a tubulopapillary peritoneal mesothelioma 11 years before his son died from an identical histologic type of peritoneal mesothelioma. Our report, as with those previously recorded, suggests that genetic factors may be important in the genesis of some mesotheliomas.

  16. Ganglioneuroblastoma: Unusual presentation as a pleural mass mimicking mesothelioma.

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    Jain, Bhawna Bhutoria; Ghosh, Sanchita; Das, Murari Mohan; Chattopadhyay, Sarbani

    2016-01-01

    Ganglioneuroblastoma (GNB) is a rare peripheral neuroblastic tumor that is derived from developing neuronal cells of the sympathetic nervous system, and usually occurs in young children. We present a case of GNB occurring as pleural mass in a 2-year-old boy, which led to diagnostic confusion. On fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), it was misinterpreted as mesothelioma. He underwent thoracotomy with excision of the mass. Histopathological findings showed features of a biphasic tumor suggestive of mesothelioma. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) performed for mesothelioma markers were inconclusive. On review of the histology slides, GNB was considered, which was subsequently proven by IHC. The rarity of this tumor, along with its nearly restricted occurrence at a young age, necessitates a strong suspicion in patients presenting with a symptomatic intrathoracic mass.

  17. Mesothelioma in Mongolia: case report

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    Damiran, Naransukh; Davaajav, Khishigtogtokh; Erdenebayar, Erdenechimeg; Gomboloi, Burmaa; Frank, Arthur L

    2015-01-01

    Background: More than 80% of cases of mesothelioma worldwide have a history of asbestos exposure. In Mongolia, workers in coal burning thermal power plants (TPP) have widely utilized asbestos as an insulation material. Methods: We describe the case of a 47-year-old woman diagnosed with a malignant pleural mesothelioma. She worked in a TPP in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for 28 years. Results: A computer tomography (CT) scan showed a circumferential ring around her left lung, and tissues’ samples had a biphasic variant of mesothelioma with epithelioid and sarcomatoid components. Discussion: This is the first reported case of mesothelioma in Mongolia. We expect additional cases of mesothelioma, as well as other asbestos related diseases, will be identified in the future. In order to properly track asbestos related diseases in the country, we recommend the creation of an asbestos related disease registry. PMID:25582747

  18. Randomized Trials of Systemic Medically-treated Malignant Mesothelioma: A Systematic Review.

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    Blomberg, Carl; Nilsson, Jonas; Holgersson, Georg; Edlund, Per; Bergqvist, Michael; Adwall, Linda; Ekman, Simon; Brattström, Daniel; Bergström, Stefan

    2015-05-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but aggressive malignancy mainly localized to the pleura. Malignant mesothelioma grows highly invasive into surrounding tissue and has a low tendency to metastasize. The median overall survival (OS) of locally advanced or metastatic disease without treatment is 4-13 months but, during recent years, improvement in survival has been achieved since treatment for patients with mesothelioma has improved with better palliative care, systemic medical treatment, surgery and improved diagnostics methods. The present review aims at describing available data from randomized trials considering systemic medical treatment for this patient category. Copyright© 2015 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  19. Pathology of Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors: Diagnostic Overview and Update on Selected Diagnostic Problems

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    Rodriguez, Fausto J.; Folpe, Andrew L.; Giannini, Caterina; Perry, Arie

    2013-01-01

    Peripheral nerve sheath tumors are common neoplasms, with classic identifiable features, but on occasion, they are diagnostically challenging. Although well defined subtypes of peripheral nerve sheath tumors were described early in the history of surgical pathology, controversies regarding the classification and grading of these tumors persist. Advances in molecular biology have provided new insights into the nature of the various peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and have begun to suggest novel targeted therapeutic approaches. In this review we discuss current concepts and problematic areas in the pathology of peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Diagnostic criteria and differential diagnosis for the major categories of nerve sheath tumors are proposed, including neurofibroma, schwannoma, and perineurioma. Diagnostically challenging variants, including plexiform, cellular and melanotic schwannomas are highlighted. A subset of these affects the childhood population, and has historically been interpreted as malignant, although current evidence and outcome data suggests they represent benign entities. The growing current literature and the authors experience with difficult to classify borderline or “hybrid tumors” are discussed and illustrated. Some of these classification gray zones occur with frequency in the gastrointestinal tract, an anatomical compartment that must always be entertained when examining these neoplasms. Other growing recent areas of interest include the heterogeneous group of pseudoneoplastic lesions involving peripheral nerve composed of mature adipose tissue and/or skeletal muscle, such as the enigmatic neuromuscular choristoma. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) represent a diagnostically controversial group; difficulties in grading and guidelines to separate “atypical neurofibroma” from MPNST are provided. There is an increasing literature of MPNST mimics which neuropathologists must be aware of, including synovial sarcoma and

  20. [Psychiatric manifestations of autoimmune diseases--diagnostic and therapeutic problems].

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    Celińska-Löwenhoff, Magdalena; Musiał, Jacek

    2012-01-01

    In autoimmune diseases, also called connective tissue diseases, many systems and organs are involved, including the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system. The frequency of neurological and neuropsychiatric manifestations varies in certain autoimmune diseases. One of the most common causes of these symptoms are vascular pathologies, including inflammatory and thrombotic, immunologic and atherosclerotic changes. Neuropsychiatric complications may present as a single symptom or might form a syndrome. In a particular patient, a syndrome might change its form in time, presenting itself as a different syndrome. Quite a lot of these symptoms are not a result of a disease itself but its treatment, metabolic abnormalities, arterial hypertension or infection. Steroids play a particular role in the induction of these complications. The role of increasingly used biological agents is uncertain. The most frequent psychiatric manifestations of the connective tissue diseases are: benign behavioural changes, emotional instability and sleep impairment. Neuropsychiatric symptoms are most frequently seen in systemic lupus erythematosus (up to 80% of these patients), particularly with the co-existent antiphospholipidsyndrome. Psychoses with or without seizures are included in the diagnostic criteria of the disease. A separate clinical problem is an induction of a synthesis of autoantiobodies by some drugs, including psychiatric drugs. These antibodies induce clinical symptoms of an autoimmune disease only in some patients, most frequently the symptoms of lupus erythematous, co called: drug induced lupus, including arthralgia, myalgia, fever, skin lesions and serositis. The diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric complications of autoimmune diseases is quite complicated. It is extremely important to distinguish whether a particular symptom is primary to the disease itself or secondary to its treatment. The most important recommendations are treatment of the underlying disease

  1. General Information about Malignant Mesothelioma

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    ... form in the lining of the chest or abdomen. Malignant mesothelioma is a disease in which malignant ( ... that examine the inside of the chest and abdomen are used to detect (find) and diagnose malignant ...

  2. Drugs Approved for Malignant Mesothelioma

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    This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for malignant mesothelioma. The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI's Cancer Drug Information summaries.

  3. [Problems of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction: definition, pathophysiology, diagnostics].

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    Khamuev, Ia P

    2011-01-01

    Diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle, due to successes in diagnostics of the given condition, is frequently diagnosed in a population of people more or equal 45 years, and associated with the adverse forecast. In the literature wide discussion about the basic theories of definition, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnostics of the given condition take place. The most significant concepts are represented in this work.

  4. Diagnostic Assessment of Driver Problems: Volume 2. Assessment Techniques for Operational Users: Final Report.

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    McBride, Robin S.; Stroad, Kenneth W., Jr.

    Volume 2 studies the operational feasibility of the diagnostic assessment of driver problems. Target groups for driver countermeasures are identified from research on diagnostic predictors and performance criteria. A diagnostic assessment model is presented which incorporates assessment techniques that were useful in an operational setting. The…

  5. Mesothelioma: you do not have to work for it.

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    Ampleford, Elizabeth J; Ohar, Jill

    2007-12-01

    Asbestos pollution is a global problem. Asbestos exposure induced mesothelioma does not require an 'occupational' type of exposure. Bystander exposures may result in earlier age of disease onset and more aggressive disease progression as described in the following 3 case reports. Copyright 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  6. Characteristics of a Cognitive Tool That Helps Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving

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    Danielson, Jared A.; Mills, Eric M.; Vermeer, Pamela J.; Preast, Vanessa A.; Young, Karen M.; Christopher, Mary M.; George, Jeanne W.; Wood, R. Darren; Bender, Holly S.

    2007-01-01

    Three related studies replicated and extended previous work (J.A. Danielson et al. (2003), "Educational Technology Research and Development," 51(3), 63-81) involving the Diagnostic Pathfinder (dP) (previously Problem List Generator [PLG]), a cognitive tool for learning diagnostic problem solving. In studies 1 and 2, groups of 126 and 113…

  7. Characteristics of a Cognitive Tool That Helps Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving

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    Danielson, Jared A.; Mills, Eric M.; Vermeer, Pamela J.; Preast, Vanessa A.; Young, Karen M.; Christopher, Mary M.; George, Jeanne W.; Wood, R. Darren; Bender, Holly S.

    2007-01-01

    Three related studies replicated and extended previous work (J.A. Danielson et al. (2003), "Educational Technology Research and Development," 51(3), 63-81) involving the Diagnostic Pathfinder (dP) (previously Problem List Generator [PLG]), a cognitive tool for learning diagnostic problem solving. In studies 1 and 2, groups of 126 and 113…

  8. Secreted primary human malignant mesothelioma exosome signature reflects oncogenic cargo

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    Greening, David W.; Ji, Hong; Chen, Maoshan; Robinson, Bruce W. S.; Dick, Ian M.; Creaney, Jenette; Simpson, Richard J.

    2016-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a highly-aggressive heterogeneous malignancy, typically diagnosed at advanced stage. An important area of mesothelioma biology and progression is understanding intercellular communication and the contribution of the secretome. Exosomes are secreted extracellular vesicles shown to shuttle cellular cargo and direct intercellular communication in the tumour microenvironment, facilitate immunoregulation and metastasis. In this study, quantitative proteomics was used to investigate MM-derived exosomes from distinct human models and identify select cargo protein networks associated with angiogenesis, metastasis, and immunoregulation. Utilising bioinformatics pathway/network analyses, and correlation with previous studies on tumour exosomes, we defined a select mesothelioma exosomal signature (mEXOS, 570 proteins) enriched in tumour antigens and various cancer-specific signalling (HPGD/ENO1/OSMR) and secreted modulators (FN1/ITLN1/MAMDC2/PDGFD/GBP1). Notably, such circulating cargo offers unique insights into mesothelioma progression and tumour microenvironment reprogramming. Functionally, we demonstrate that oncogenic exosomes facilitate the migratory capacity of fibroblast/endothelial cells, supporting the systematic model of MM progression associated with vascular remodelling and angiogenesis. We provide biophysical and proteomic characterisation of exosomes, define a unique oncogenic signature (mEXOS), and demonstrate the regulatory capacity of exosomes in cell migration/tube formation assays. These findings contribute to understanding tumour-stromal crosstalk in the context of MM, and potential new diagnostic and therapeutic extracellular targets. PMID:27605433

  9. Cerebral metastasis from malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    El Molla, Mohamed; Gragnaniello, Cristian; Al-Khawaja, Darweesh; Chiribao-Negri, Concepcion; Eftekhar, Behzad

    2013-09-26

    Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon, highly invasive tumor derived from the mesothelial cells of pleura or peritoneum characterized by poor outcome. Mesothelioma was thought to metastasize locally only via direct invasion and not have distant spread. Distant metastases were discovered mostly on post-mortem examination. The authors present a case of 62-year-old man with pleural mesothelioma and brain metastasis.

  10. Advances in the management of peritoneal mesothelioma

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    Raza, Ali; Huang, Wei-Ching; Takabe, Kazuaki

    2014-01-01

    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (PM) is an infrequent disease which has historically been associated with a poor prognosis. Given its long latency period and non-specific symptomatology, a diagnosis of PM can be suggested by occupational exposure history, but ultimately relies heavily on imaging and diagnostic biopsy. Early treatment options including palliative operative debulking, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and systemic chemotherapy have marginally improved the natural course of the disease with median survival being approximately one year. The advent of cytoreduction (CRS) with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has dramatically improved survival outcomes with wide median survival estimates between 2.5 to 9 years; these studies however remain largely heterogeneous, with differing study populations, tumor biology, and specific treatment regimens. More recent investigations have explored extent of cytoreduction, repeated operative intervention, and choice of chemotherapy but have been unable to offer definitive conclusions. CRS and HIPEC remain morbid procedures with complication rates ranging between 30% to 46% in larger series. Accordingly, an increasing interest in identifying molecular targets and developing targeted therapies is emerging. Among such novel targets is sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) which regulates the production of sphingosine-1-phosphate, a biologically active lipid implicated in various cancers including malignant mesothelioma. The known action of specific SphK inhibitors may warrant further exploration in peritoneal disease. PMID:25206274

  11. [Peritoneal mesothelioma with elevated amylase in the ascitic fluid].

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    Carrión, A; Jover, R; Carnicer, F; García, M F; Aranda, F I; Martínez, J F; Griñó

    1995-03-01

    The case of a 42-year-old woman with no previous disease admitted for abdominal pain and ascites is presented. Analysis of the ascitic fluid demonstrated high concentrations of amylase with normal lipase. The diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma was obtained by laparotomy. This association has not been previously described. The authors suggest that this diagnostic possibility should be considered in patients without pancreatic disease and high amylase levels in ascitic fluid.

  12. What's New in Malignant Mesothelioma Research and Treatment?

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    ... and Treatment? Malignant Mesothelioma About Malignant Mesothelioma What’s New in Malignant Mesothelioma Research and Treatment? There is ... that has shown promise in some studies. Other new drugs have different targets. For example, some new ...

  13. Multicystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum.

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    Moghe, G M; Krishnamurthy, S C

    2001-01-01

    Multicystic mesothelioma is an uncommon lesion presenting as an abdominal mass. We report a 40-year-old woman presenting with recurrent intra-abdominal lump. She had undergone abdominal surgery thrice before. The lump at this presentation was partially excised surgically; histology and immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis.

  14. Paget's disease of the vulva: diagnostic and therapeutic problems.

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    Becagli, L; Scrimin, F; Prendin, G; Gambato, M; Ambrosini, A

    1982-01-01

    Two cases of Paget's disease of the vulva are presented and the complex problem of diagnosis of this neoplasia is evaluated: all the diagnosis tests used in vulvar disease (vulvar citology, toluidine blue test) are insufficient in the presence of on eventual underlying carcinoma. In view of these considerations, the therapeutic approach is total vulvectomy.

  15. a Problem Solving Diagnostic Instrument for Physics Thermodynamics Concepts.

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    Iona, Steven

    Changes in conceptual representations of physics thermodynamics concepts by high school physics students was examined throughout an instructional sequence. The knowledge structures identified were characterized and also compared to problem-solving strategies used by the students on physics problems. Over sixty students from four intact classes completed seven measures including three computer-administered concept relatedness tasks, a test of logical thinking, identification of demographic information, and two problem-solving sessions. Ten teacher/experts also completed the relatedness rating task and problem -solving sessions. For each rating by the students and teacher/experts, the data were transformed into a network using the Pathfinder algorithm, where each node in the network represented one of the physics concepts. Two statistical comparisons were made between the students' and teacher/experts' data: Pearson-r comparison of relatedness data and a Pearson -r comparison of the Pathfinder graphs. The results indicated that there was: (1) A structure to the thermodynamics concepts held by both the students and the teacher/experts. (2) A significant statistical difference in the Pathfinder networks among the teacher/experts. The differences were primarily localized to concepts dealing with gas laws. (3) No increase in the statistical similarity (comparing teacher/experts and students) in the networks during the instructional period. (4) A change in the students' conceptual networks indicating: (a) an acceptance by the students of certain "deep structures," (b) a time-delayed acceptance of some organizing ideas, and/or (c) gaps in the students' understanding of key ideas. (5) A "weak" rather than "strong" restructuring of the concepts by students. (6) Statistically significant similarities in local networks involving pairs of physics concepts and the problem-solving strategies used by the students. Overall this study corroborated much of the research dealing with

  16. Mathematical Frameworks for Diagnostics, Prognostics and Condition Based Maintenance Problems

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    2008-08-15

    cracking of mechanical parts… If left unchecked, they can lead to dramatic fracture failures ( Chung , 1988). Even under static loading situations...Approximating the Maximally Balanced Connected Partition Problem in Graphs. Information Processing Letters, Vol. 60, No. 5, pp. 225 – 230. [11] Chung ...Alabama A&M University Page 183 [25] Hendrickson, Bruce and Leland , Robert, 1995. A Multilevel Algorithm for Partitioning Graphs. Proceedings of

  17. [Mesothelioma and familial Mediterranean fever: A relationship?].

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    Challita, S; Guerder, A; Charpentier, M-C; Daher, M; Giraud, F; Roche, N

    2015-03-01

    The majority of pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas are linked to asbestos exposure but, in around 20% of cases, no history of such exposure is found. Periodic disease is associated with recurrent serositis, which could favor the development of mesothelioma. We report a case of pleural mesothelioma in a 50-year-old Lebanese woman, with no detectable exposure to asbestos but suffering from periodic disease (familial Mediterranean fever) with recurrent episodes of serositis. Many cases of peritoneal mesothelioma in patients with FMF are reported in the literature. This is the second reported case of pleural mesothelioma associated with periodic disease. Because of the low incidence of both diseases, further publications are required to support the hypothesis of a causal link. It is important, therefore, that all cases of an association of periodic disease and mesothelioma are reported. Copyright © 2014 SPLF. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma after remote abdominal radiation

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    Gilks, B.; Hegedus, C.; Freeman, H.; Fratkin, L.; Churg, A.

    1988-05-15

    Peritoneal mesothelioma in a 61-year-old man, occurred 26 years after abdominal radiotherapy for a testicular seminoma. The patient had no history of asbestos exposure. After asbestos, radiation is the second most frequent defined cause of mesothelioma in North America, but the number of well-documented cases is small; this case represents only the fifth example of peritoneal mesothelioma after therapeutic irradiation of the abdomen. 16 references.

  19. [Diagnostic and therapeutic problems of an atypical cyst of the kidney].

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    Rabii, R; Rais, H; Joual, A; Moussaoui, A E; el Mrini, M; Benjelloun, S

    1999-01-01

    Atypical renal cyst raises diagnostic and therapeutic problems. The authors report a case of atypical renal cyst which raised numerous diagnostic and therapeutic problems. The authors discuss theses problems in the light of this case. A farmer consulted for right lumbar pain without hematuria and hydaturia. Hydatic serology was negative. Ultrasonography and CT scan showed atypical cyst in favour of hydatic cyst. Surgical investigations showed a necrotico-hemorragic cyst, and cystectomy was performed. Histological examination revealed a chronic inflammatory process without malignancy. One year after the operation, clinical and radiological examination were normal.

  20. [Minor head trauma - trivial matter or sirious diagnostic and therapeutic problem? The role of Infrascanner in the diagnostic process].

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    Lewartowska-Nyga, Dorota; Skotnicka-Klonowicz, Grażyna

    2016-01-01

    Head injuries in children, especially minor head injuries, still constitute a important diagnostic and therapeutic problem. Despite progress in medical sciences, there is no definition of minor head injury or standards of the management of children with a minor head injury. In consequence, the diagnostic procedure in the child who does not show any signs of central nervous system damage as a result of head injury is individual and depends on the experience and knowledge of the aid provider and as well as procedures established in a given ward. Therefore, a problem which requires to be urgently solved is to determine the justification and indications for imaging investigations (justification for skull X-ray, performance indications for carrying out computed tomography of the head) as well as indications for inpatient observation in such cases. The study presents currently existing definitions and proposals for the management of children presenting with a minor head injury. On the basis of own investigation we would stress that there is an opportunity to use in the initial diagnostics of head injuries in children, a modern non-invasive method already available in Poland, utilising the near-infrared NIR technology in order to detect intracranial haemorrhages by means of the Infrascanner.

  1. Asymptomatic peritoneal carcinomatosis originating from benign cystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Iacoponi, S; Calleja, J; Hernandez, G; de la Cuesta, R Sainz

    2015-01-01

    Benign multicystic mesothelioma is a rare tumour that originates from the abdominal peritoneum with a predisposition to the pelvic peritoneum. It typically affects women of reproductive age. There have been less than 200 cases of this rare neoplasia reported to date. We present the case of a 35-year-old woman who was referred to our centre because of the detection of a peritoneal carcinomatosis during a gynaecological exam. A diagnostic laparoscopy was performed. The findings included multiple cysts appearing as 'a bunch of grapes' occupying the omentum. Biopsies were taken during the surgery and the results showed benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma. Benign multicystic mesothelioma can simulate other conditions, such as malignant ovarian tumours or cystic lymphangioma. It is often diagnosed accidentally during surgery performed for another reason. The diagnosis is interoperative, observing multicystic structures grouped as a 'bunch of grapes' containing clear fluid with thin walls made of connective tissue. Immunohistochemistry confirmed mesothelial origin. Surgery is considered the treatment of choice and is based on the removal of the cysts from the abdominal cavity. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy can be considered as a primary treatment in patients with recurrences or even as a part of primary treatment associated with surgery. Survival at 5 years is 100% and invasive or malignant progression is extraordinary. The treatment approach should be multidisciplinary, and the patient should be referred to a referral centre.

  2. Asymptomatic peritoneal carcinomatosis originating from benign cystic peritoneal mesothelioma

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    Iacoponi, S; Calleja, J; Hernandez, G; de la Cuesta, R Sainz

    2015-01-01

    Benign multicystic mesothelioma is a rare tumour that originates from the abdominal peritoneum with a predisposition to the pelvic peritoneum. It typically affects women of reproductive age. There have been less than 200 cases of this rare neoplasia reported to date. We present the case of a 35-year-old woman who was referred to our centre because of the detection of a peritoneal carcinomatosis during a gynaecological exam. A diagnostic laparoscopy was performed. The findings included multiple cysts appearing as ‘a bunch of grapes’ occupying the omentum. Biopsies were taken during the surgery and the results showed benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma. Benign multicystic mesothelioma can simulate other conditions, such as malignant ovarian tumours or cystic lymphangioma. It is often diagnosed accidentally during surgery performed for another reason. The diagnosis is interoperative, observing multicystic structures grouped as a ‘bunch of grapes’ containing clear fluid with thin walls made of connective tissue. Immunohistochemistry confirmed mesothelial origin. Surgery is considered the treatment of choice and is based on the removal of the cysts from the abdominal cavity. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy can be considered as a primary treatment in patients with recurrences or even as a part of primary treatment associated with surgery. Survival at 5 years is 100% and invasive or malignant progression is extraordinary. The treatment approach should be multidisciplinary, and the patient should be referred to a referral centre. PMID:26715942

  3. Basis set expansion for inverse problems in plasma diagnostic analysis

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    Jones, B.; Ruiz, C. L.

    2013-07-01

    A basis set expansion method [V. Dribinski, A. Ossadtchi, V. A. Mandelshtam, and H. Reisler, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 73, 2634 (2002)], 10.1063/1.1482156 is applied to recover physical information about plasma radiation sources from instrument data, which has been forward transformed due to the nature of the measurement technique. This method provides a general approach for inverse problems, and we discuss two specific examples relevant to diagnosing fast z pinches on the 20-25 MA Z machine [M. E. Savage, L. F. Bennett, D. E. Bliss, W. T. Clark, R. S. Coats, J. M. Elizondo, K. R. LeChien, H. C. Harjes, J. M. Lehr, J. E. Maenchen, D. H. McDaniel, M. F. Pasik, T. D. Pointon, A. C. Owen, D. B. Seidel, D. L. Smith, B. S. Stoltzfus, K. W. Struve, W. A. Stygar, L. K. Warne, J. R. Woodworth, C. W. Mendel, K. R. Prestwich, R. W. Shoup, D. L. Johnson, J. P. Corley, K. C. Hodge, T. C. Wagoner, and P. E. Wakeland, in Proceedings of the Pulsed Power Plasma Sciences Conference (IEEE, 2007), p. 979]. First, Abel inversion of time-gated, self-emission x-ray images from a wire array implosion is studied. Second, we present an approach for unfolding neutron time-of-flight measurements from a deuterium gas puff z pinch to recover information about emission time history and energy distribution. Through these examples, we discuss how noise in the measured data limits the practical resolution of the inversion, and how the method handles discontinuities in the source function and artifacts in the projected image. We add to the method a propagation of errors calculation for estimating uncertainties in the inverted solution.

  4. Basis set expansion for inverse problems in plasma diagnostic analysis

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    Jones, B.; Ruiz, C. L.

    2013-07-15

    A basis set expansion method [V. Dribinski, A. Ossadtchi, V. A. Mandelshtam, and H. Reisler, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 73, 2634 (2002)] is applied to recover physical information about plasma radiation sources from instrument data, which has been forward transformed due to the nature of the measurement technique. This method provides a general approach for inverse problems, and we discuss two specific examples relevant to diagnosing fast z pinches on the 20–25 MA Z machine [M. E. Savage, L. F. Bennett, D. E. Bliss, W. T. Clark, R. S. Coats, J. M. Elizondo, K. R. LeChien, H. C. Harjes, J. M. Lehr, J. E. Maenchen, D. H. McDaniel, M. F. Pasik, T. D. Pointon, A. C. Owen, D. B. Seidel, D. L. Smith, B. S. Stoltzfus, K. W. Struve, W. A. Stygar, L. K. Warne, J. R. Woodworth, C. W. Mendel, K. R. Prestwich, R. W. Shoup, D. L. Johnson, J. P. Corley, K. C. Hodge, T. C. Wagoner, and P. E. Wakeland, in Proceedings of the Pulsed Power Plasma Sciences Conference (IEEE, 2007), p. 979]. First, Abel inversion of time-gated, self-emission x-ray images from a wire array implosion is studied. Second, we present an approach for unfolding neutron time-of-flight measurements from a deuterium gas puff z pinch to recover information about emission time history and energy distribution. Through these examples, we discuss how noise in the measured data limits the practical resolution of the inversion, and how the method handles discontinuities in the source function and artifacts in the projected image. We add to the method a propagation of errors calculation for estimating uncertainties in the inverted solution.

  5. Diffuse Malignant Mesothelioma: A Review

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    Rom, William N.; Lockey, James E.

    1982-01-01

    Diffuse malignant mesothelioma is a signal tumor of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma incidence has been steadily rising during the past two decades, reflecting the increases in asbestos use during and following World War II. The onset of the disease follows exposure by 25 to 40 years. The dose-response relationship appears to be much lower than that for asbestosis or lung cancer—it is not known whether current levels of exposure will entail a risk for disease 30 years hence. There is no synergistic or additive interaction with smoking for this tumor. Current knowledge indicates that pleural plaques, per se, do not increase the risk for this tumor beyond that of the previous asbestos exposure alone. Durable fibers with high aspect ratios, especially amphiboles, are associated with experimental tumor induction. Treatment modalities including surgical procedures and chemotherapy with doxorubicin and 5-azacytidine offer prospects for palliation. ImagesFigure 1.Figure 2. PMID:6761970

  6. Malignant Mesothelioma: Time to Translate?

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    Napolitano, Andrea; Carbone, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer largely associated with asbestos exposure. In this review, we will discuss the significant advancements in our understanding of its genetics and molecular biology and their translational relevance. Remarkable findings included the discovery of germline and somatic mutations of BRCA1 associated protein-1 (BAP1) in patients, and the genome-wide characterization of pathways altered in mesothelioma that could be potentially exploited to design novel therapeutic approaches. Nevertheless, the clinical translation of these molecular findings has been slow and insufficient. In order to rapidly move translation from the bench to the bedside, we believe that cooperative research efforts have to be further endorsed and promoted at all levels. PMID:28603777

  7. Primary diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in a striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis).

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    Kim, Su-Min; Oh, Yeonsu; Oh, Suk-Hun; Han, Jeong-Hee

    2016-03-01

    A 10-year-old female striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) was admitted with severe abdominal distension and lethargy. Cytological examination of the peritoneal fluid revealed activated mesothelial cells. At necropsy, numerous growing together, projecting, 2 to 20 mm in diameter tawny to white masses were scattered throughout the peritoneum including the mesentery, omentum and intestinal serosa. Microscopically, the tumor was composed of prominent papillo-tubular structures, and immunohistochemically, the spindle to polygonal-shaped tumor cells with nuclear polymorphism were strongly reactive for calretinin. Based on those diagnostic features, the neoplasia was diagnosed as malignant mesothelioma. This is the first case report of mesothelioma in the skunk.

  8. Primary diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in a striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

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    KIM, Su-Min; OH, Yeonsu; OH, Suk-Hun; HAN, Jeong-Hee

    2015-01-01

    A 10-year-old female striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) was admitted with severe abdominal distension and lethargy. Cytological examination of the peritoneal fluid revealed activated mesothelial cells. At necropsy, numerous growing together, projecting, 2 to 20 mm in diameter tawny to white masses were scattered throughout the peritoneum including the mesentery, omentum and intestinal serosa. Microscopically, the tumor was composed of prominent papillo-tubular structures, and immunohistochemically, the spindle to polygonal-shaped tumor cells with nuclear polymorphism were strongly reactive for calretinin. Based on those diagnostic features, the neoplasia was diagnosed as malignant mesothelioma. This is the first case report of mesothelioma in the skunk. PMID:26568187

  9. Multicystic mesothelioma of the pericardium.

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    Morita, Shigeki; Goto, Akiteru; Sakatani, Takashi; Ota, Satoshi; Murakawa, Tomohiro; Nakajima, Jun; Maeda, Eriko; Fukayama, Masashi

    2011-05-01

    Multicystic mesothelioma is a well recognized but rare serosal tumor which mainly arises from the peritoneum in women and is considered as a benign lesion. This is the second case report of pericardial multicystic mesothelioma, which took a fatal clinical course. A 63-year-old man presented with pitting edema, shortness of breath, and hoarseness. Radiological investigations revealed solid and cystic tumor of the pericardium which was continuously extending into the mediastinum and the liver. Pericardial biopsy showed micro-cystic tumor lined by single layer of mesothelial cells without atypia, and the diagnosis was multicystic mesothelioma. Curative surgery could not be performed, and three years and four months later, the patient died because of the direct compression of the heart by the tumor. At autopsy, the tumor was found to be directly extending into the right pleural cavity and the right lung, besides the mediastinum and the liver. Neither malignant transformation nor metastatic tumor was identified. © 2011 The Authors. Pathology International © 2011 Japanese Society of Pathology and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  10. Pleural mesothelioma in a couple of brothers

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    Bianchi, Claudio; Bianchi, Tommaso

    2013-01-01

    Malignant mesotheliomas of the pleura, epithelial type, were observed in two brothers. Both the patients had histories of severe exposure to asbestos, having worked as insulators. The latency periods in the two cases were 26 and 38 years, respectively. Available literature data suggest that mesothelioma occurrence among blood-related people is favored by a genetic predisposition. PMID:24872671

  11. A Single-Institution Experience in Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

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    Welch, B T; Eiken, P W; Atwell, T D; Peikert, T; Yi, E S; Nichols, F; Schmit, G D

    2017-06-01

    Mesothelioma has been considered a difficult pathologic diagnosis to achieve via image-guided core needle biopsy. The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic sensitivity of percutaneous image-guided biopsy for diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma. Retrospective review was performed to identify patients with a confirmed diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma and who underwent image-guided needle biopsy between January 1, 2002, and January 1, 2016. Thirty-two patients with pleural mesothelioma were identified and included for analysis in 33 image-guided biopsy procedures. Patient, procedural, and pathologic characteristics were recorded. Complications were characterized via standardized nomenclature [Common Terminology for Clinically Adverse Events (CTCAE)]. Percutaneous image-guided biopsy was associated with an overall sensitivity of 81%. No CTCAE clinically significant complications were observed. No image-guided procedures were complicated by pneumothorax or necessitated chest tube placement. No patients had tumor seeding of the biopsy tract. Percutaneous image-guided biopsy can achieve high sensitivity for pathologic diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma with a low procedural complication rate, potentially obviating need for surgical biopsy.

  12. Survival of asbestos insulation workers with mesothelioma.

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    Ribak, J; Selikoff, I J

    1992-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a lethal disease. It is rare in the general population; however, workers exposed to asbestos suffer significant burdens of the neoplasm. The survival time of 457 consecutive fatal cases of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma that occurred among 17,800 asbestos insulation workers observed prospectively from 1 January 1967 to 1 January 1987 was studied. Mean survival time from initial presentation of the disease to death was 11.4 months for the pleural mesothelioma patients compared with 7.4 months for the peritoneal group. This difference was statistically significant. Mean survival time from diagnosis to death was shorter for both groups of patients: 8.4 months for pleural mesothelioma v 5.8 months for the peritoneal cases. In conclusion, survival time in mesothelioma patients is short; most die within a year from the onset of the initial symptoms. No effective therapy is yet available. PMID:1419863

  13. Diagnostic Issues and Controversies in DSM-5: Return of the False Positives Problem.

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    Wakefield, Jerome C

    2016-01-01

    The fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was the most controversial in the manual's history. This review selectively surveys some of the most important changes in DSM-5, including structural/organizational changes, modifications of diagnostic criteria, and newly introduced categories. It analyzes why these changes led to such heated controversies, which included objections to the revision's process, its goals, and the content of altered criteria and new categories. The central focus is on disputes concerning the false positives problem of setting a valid boundary between disorder and normal variation. Finally, this review highlights key problems and issues that currently remain unresolved and need to be addressed in the future, including systematically identifying false positive weaknesses in criteria, distinguishing risk from disorder, including context in diagnostic criteria, clarifying how to handle fuzzy boundaries, and improving the guidelines for "other specified" diagnosis.

  14. Development of a scale to measure problem use of short message service: the SMS Problem Use Diagnostic Questionnaire.

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    Rutland, J Brian; Sheets, Tilman; Young, Tony

    2007-12-01

    This exploratory study examines a subset of mobile phone use, the compulsive use of short message service (SMS) text messaging. A measure of SMS use, the SMS Problem Use Diagnostic Questionnaire (SMS-PUDQ), was developed and found to possess acceptable reliability and validity when compared to other measures such as self-reports of time spent using SMS and scores on a survey of problem mobile phone use. Implications for the field of addiction research, technological and behavioral addictions in particular, are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

  15. The London Procedure: A Screening Diagnostic and Teaching Guide for Adult Learning Problems.

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    Travis, George Y.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Describes development, composition, and interpretation of a series of individually administered tests to identify adult basic education learning problems. Test areas include screening for visual/auditory functions and diagnostic evaluation of visual/auditory perceptions and dyslexia. Results can provide basis for referral to medical or visual…

  16. On The Problem Of In-vessel Mirrors For Diagnostic Systems Of ITER

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    Voitsenya, V. S.; Litnovsky, A.

    2008-03-12

    The present status of the investigations with ITER-candidate mirror materials and directed on solution of the in-vessel mirror problem, are presented in the paper. The current tasks in the R and D of diagnostic mirrors and outstanding questions are discussed.

  17. Multicystic benign mesothelioma of the peritoneum presenting as postmenopausal bleeding and a solitary pelvic cyst--a case report.

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    Varma, Rajesh; Wallace, Rosemary

    2004-01-01

    All non-invasive diagnostic algorithms suffer from diagnostic uncertainty in discriminating benign from malignant adnexal masses. We present a case where the identification of a large solitary multiloculated pelvic cyst in a woman with postmenopausal bleeding was shown to be multifocal multicystic benign mesothelioma (MBM) of the peritoneum at laparotomy. We wish to alert gynaecologists of this rare association and the unique appearance of mesothelioma lesions, which many would not instantly recognise. There is a lack of consensus on the treatment and follow-up of MBM. Most authorities consider curative treatment of MBM is achievable through complete disease cytoreduction (peritonectomy) as carried out in the case.

  18. Pleural mesothelioma in household members of asbestos-exposed workers in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.

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    D' Agostin, Flavia; de Michieli, Paola; Negro, Corrado

    2017-05-08

    Malignant mesothelioma is closely associated to asbestos exposure. One such exposure may occur through contact with occupationally exposed household members and their belongings. This study examines the features of pleural mesothelioma attributable only to asbestos brought home by another family member. The data sources were 1063 mesothelioma cases diagnosed between 1995 and 2014, from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Mesothelioma Register. In all cases the diagnosis of mesothelioma was based on the pathology report. Exposure information and demographic data were acquired by an occupational medical standardized questionnaire/interview. Household-exposure mesothelioma cases included 33 women and 2 men. Relationships were: wives (N = 22), daughters (N = 9), sons (N = 2), and mothers (N = 2). Asbestos exposure in the workers predominantly occurred in shipyards. Out of the 35 pleural cases, 19 were epithelial, 9 biphasic, 3 sarcomatoid, and 4 not specified. The mean age at diagnosis was 77 years old. The mean latency was 59 years, with wives having a significant shorter latency than offspring. Latency was not significantly related to morphology and asbestosis. The overall mean survival was 16 months (median 11 months) but treatment was beneficial (mean 16 months vs. 7 months). Biphasic/sarcomatoid histology and presence of asbestosis were associated with a decreased survival, although not with statistical significance. Our data confirms that household exposure increases the risk for pleural mesothelioma amongst women with no history of occupational asbestos exposure. This is an ongoing problem in many countries, as well as in Italy, where the evaluation of a framework for the compensation of these cases is under debate. Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2017;30(3):419-431.

  19. MicroRNA and mRNA Features of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Benign Asbestos-Related Pleural Effusion

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    Ak, Guntulu; Tomaszek, Sandra C.; Kosari, Farhad; Metintas, Muzaffer; Jett, James R.; Metintas, Selma; Yildirim, Huseyin; Dundar, Emine; Dong, Jie; Aubry, Marie Christine; Wigle, Dennis A.; Thomas, Charles F.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. We investigated the expression of microRNAs and mRNAs in pleural tissues from patients with either malignant pleural mesothelioma or benign asbestos-related pleural effusion. Methods. Fresh frozen tissues from a total of 18 malignant pleural mesothelioma and 6 benign asbestos-related pleural effusion patients were studied. Expression profiling of mRNA and microRNA was performed using standard protocols. Results. We discovered significant upregulation of multiple microRNAs in malignant pleural mesothelioma compared to benign asbestos-related pleural effusion. Hsa-miR-484, hsa-miR-320, hsa-let-7a, and hsa-miR-125a-5p were able to discriminate malignant from benign disease. Dynamically regulated mRNAs were also identified. MET was the most highly overexpressed gene in malignant pleural mesothelioma compared to benign asbestos-related pleural effusion. Integrated analyses examining microRNA-mRNA interactions suggested multiple altered targets within the Notch signaling pathway. Conclusions. Specific microRNAs and mRNAs may have diagnostic utility in differentiating patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma from benign asbestos-related pleural effusion. These studies may be particularly helpful in patients who reside in a region with a high incidence of mesothelioma. PMID:25756049

  20. Peritoneal mesothelioma: current understanding and management

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    Chua, Terence C.; Yan, Tristan D.; Morris, David L.

    2009-01-01

    Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related tumour. Mesothelioma in the thorax occurs on the pleura and is known as pleural mesothelioma. It is the more common form of mesothelioma, accounting for 70% of cases. The other form occurs in the abdomen. It accounts for much of the remaining 30% and is known as peritoneal mesothelioma. Early diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma is often difficult because the early symptoms are often overlooked as being a benign ailment of the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, diagnosis often occurs at an advanced stage when disease is widespread throughout the peritoneal cavity. Treatment approaches have evolved in the last decade from systemic chemotherapy and palliative surgery to aggressive cytoreductive surgery and perioperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy. This has led to a marked increase in survival among patients who were once classified as “preterminal.” We update on the current understanding of peritoneal mesothelioma from a clinical perspective in hope that greater clinician awareness will promote best practice management of this condition. PMID:19234654

  1. Multicystic Benign Mesothelioma Complicating Pregnancy.

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    Tamhankar, V A

    2015-01-01

    Multicystic benign mesothelioma (MBM) is a rare peritoneal pathology typically affecting women in reproductive age. Though MBM is considered benign, these lesions are prone to recurrence and their growth could be modulated by the presence of oestrogen receptors. Acute presentation of MBM is still very rare in pregnancy and management options are not established. We describe a case of MBM presenting in early pregnancy with acute pain. This was successfully treated with surgical resection. Pregnancy continued uneventfully to term and no evidence of recurrent MBM was found at Caesarean section.

  2. Multicystic Benign Mesothelioma Complicating Pregnancy

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    Tamhankar, V. A.

    2015-01-01

    Multicystic benign mesothelioma (MBM) is a rare peritoneal pathology typically affecting women in reproductive age. Though MBM is considered benign, these lesions are prone to recurrence and their growth could be modulated by the presence of oestrogen receptors. Acute presentation of MBM is still very rare in pregnancy and management options are not established. We describe a case of MBM presenting in early pregnancy with acute pain. This was successfully treated with surgical resection. Pregnancy continued uneventfully to term and no evidence of recurrent MBM was found at Caesarean section. PMID:26345310

  3. Telomerase activity in human pleural mesothelioma

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    Dhaene, K.; Hubner, R.; Kumar-Singh, S.; Weyn, B.; Van Marck, E.

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Gradual telomere erosion eventually limits the replicative life span of somatic cells and is regarded as an ultimate tumour suppressor mechanism, eliminating cells that have accumulated genetic alterations. Telomerase, which has been found in over 85% of human cancers, elongates telomeres and may be required for tumorigenesis by the process of immortalisation. Malignant mesothelioma is an incurable malignancy with a poor prognosis. The disease becomes symptomatic decades after exposure to carcinogenic asbestos fibres, suggesting the long term survival of pre-malignant cell clones. This study investigated the presence of telomerase in pleural malignant mesothelioma, which may be the target for future anti-telomerase drugs.
METHODS—Telomerase activity was semi-quantitatively measured in extracts from 22 primary pleural mesotheliomas, two benign solitary fibrous tumours of the pleura, four mesothelioma cell lines, and six short term mesothelial cell cultures from normal pleura using a non-isotopic dilution assay of the telomeric repeat amplification protocol.
RESULTS—Twenty of the 22 primary mesotheliomas (91%) and all tumour derived mesothelioma cell lines were telomerase positive. Different levels of enzyme activity were observed in the tumours of different histological subtypes. Telomerase activity could not be detected in the six normal mesothelial cell cultures or in the two mesotheliomas. Both benign solitary fibrous tumours showed strong telomerase activity.
CONCLUSIONS—Telomerase activity is found in a high proportion of mesotheliomas and anti-telomerase drugs might therefore be useful clinically. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that telomerase activity may be a feature of carcinogenesis in mesotheliomas and possibly in many other cancers.

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  4. Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: report of three cases.

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    Charfi, S; Chetaille, B; Marcy, M; Turrini, O; Chaise De Maison, C; Delpero, J R; Viret, F; Xerri, L; Monges, G

    2008-10-01

    Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare lesion occurring mainly in women in a reproductive age. Its pathogenesis is unclear. We report three cases of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma in patients that were 28, 38 and 47 years of age (one male, two females). A history of abdominal surgery was reported in two cases. Explorative laparotomy was presumptive of a pseudomyxoma peritoni in two cases, and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy was performed. Histological examination demonstrated multicystic lesions with mesothelial cells lining confirmed by immunohistochemical analysis. Unusual findings such as hyperplasia, hobnail features, cytoplasmic vacuolisation and papillary pattern were occasionally noted. The clinical presentation, pathogenesis and pathologic features including differential diagnosis of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma are discussed.

  5. Lymph node involvement in multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Engohan-Aloghe, Corinne; Anaf, Vincent; Noël, Jean Christophe

    2009-11-01

    Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is an uncommon lesion most frequently encountered in women of reproductive age. Although the pathologic characteristics have been documented, the lymph node status associated with this pathology, the etiopathogenesis and prognosis of which remain unclear, is unknown. We report here the case of a 35-year-old woman with a 5.5 cm multicystic mesothelioma affecting the pelvic peritoneum of the rectum. Involvement by multicystic mesothelioma was observed within two lymph nodes simultaneously resected with the tumor. To the best of our knowledge, lymph node involvement has not been described in previous studies.

  6. A General Architecture for Intelligent Tutoring of Diagnostic Classification Problem Solving

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    Crowley, Rebecca S.; Medvedeva, Olga

    2003-01-01

    We report on a general architecture for creating knowledge-based medical training systems to teach diagnostic classification problem solving. The approach is informed by our previous work describing the development of expertise in classification problem solving in Pathology. The architecture envelops the traditional Intelligent Tutoring System design within the Unified Problem-solving Method description Language (UPML) architecture, supporting component modularity and reuse. Based on the domain ontology, domain task ontology and case data, the abstract problem-solving methods of the expert model create a dynamic solution graph. Student interaction with the solution graph is filtered through an instructional layer, which is created by a second set of abstract problem-solving methods and pedagogic ontologies, in response to the current state of the student model. We outline the advantages and limitations of this general approach, and describe it’s implementation in SlideTutor–a developing Intelligent Tutoring System in Dermatopathology. PMID:14728159

  7. A general architecture for intelligent tutoring of diagnostic classification problem solving.

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    Crowley, Rebecca S; Medvedeva, Olga

    2003-01-01

    We report on a general architecture for creating knowledge-based medical training systems to teach diagnostic classification problem solving. The approach is informed by our previous work describing the development of expertise in classification problem solving in Pathology. The architecture envelops the traditional Intelligent Tutoring System design within the Unified Problem-solving Method description Language (UPML) architecture, supporting component modularity and reuse. Based on the domain ontology, domain task ontology and case data, the abstract problem-solving methods of the expert model create a dynamic solution graph. Student interaction with the solution graph is filtered through an instructional layer, which is created by a second set of abstract problem-solving methods and pedagogic ontologies, in response to the current state of the student model. We outline the advantages and limitations of this general approach, and describe it's implementation in SlideTutor - a developing Intelligent Tutoring System in Dermatopathology.

  8. Malignant mesotheliomas in Kure City, Japan: The relationship of asbestos exposure

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    Kishimoto, T.; Sato, T.; Ono, T.; Okada, K.; Masuda, Y.; Ito, H. )

    1989-01-01

    Eighteen patients with malignant mesothelioma were seen at Kure Mutual Aid Hospital over a 10-year period. According to occupational history, chest x-ray manifestations, and evidence of asbestos bodies in the tissue, 13 of these cases were definitely thought to be due to exposure to asbestos as a result of two or three of these items testing positive. Kure City is one of the major ship-building cities in Japan since the 1920s. Most of the 18 patients worked in ship building before and during World War II. Malignant mesothelioma appeared about 40 years after their first exposure to asbestos. In western countries, most malignant mesotheliomas are thought to be induced by exposure to asbestos fibers. Consequently, there has been a serious effort to deal with this problem recently, including lowering rate of exposure. In Japan, however, there have been few reports that asbestos fibers caused malignant mesothelioma. This report suggests that an increased incidence of malignant mesotheliomas in a specific area of Japan may also be due to exposure to asbestos fibers.

  9. Photolithography diagnostic expert systems: a systematic approach to problem solving in a wafer fabrication facility

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    Weatherwax Scott, Caroline; Tsareff, Christopher R.

    1990-06-01

    One of the main goals of process engineering in the semiconductor industry is to improve wafer fabrication productivity and throughput. Engineers must work continuously toward this goal in addition to performing sustaining and development tasks. To accomplish these objectives, managers must make efficient use of engineering resources. One of the tools being used to improve efficiency is the diagnostic expert system. Expert systems are knowledge based computer programs designed to lead the user through the analysis and solution of a problem. Several photolithography diagnostic expert systems have been implemented at the Hughes Technology Center to provide a systematic approach to process problem solving. This systematic approach was achieved by documenting cause and effect analyses for a wide variety of processing problems. This knowledge was organized in the form of IF-THEN rules, a common structure for knowledge representation in expert system technology. These rules form the knowledge base of the expert system which is stored in the computer. The systems also include the problem solving methodology used by the expert when addressing a problem in his area of expertise. Operators now use the expert systems to solve many process problems without engineering assistance. The systems also facilitate the collection of appropriate data to assist engineering in solving unanticipated problems. Currently, several expert systems have been implemented to cover all aspects of the photolithography process. The systems, which have been in use for over a year, include wafer surface preparation (HMDS), photoresist coat and softbake, align and expose on a wafer stepper, and develop inspection. These systems are part of a plan to implement an expert system diagnostic environment throughout the wafer fabrication facility. In this paper, the systems' construction is described, including knowledge acquisition, rule construction, knowledge refinement, testing, and evaluation. The roles

  10. Achievement Motivation as A Factor Related to the Diagnostic Problem Solving Effectiveness of Students of Automotive Technology.

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    Stephenson, Donald John

    Sixty students were categorized into a stratified four-group design to ascertain the predictive value of achievement motivation as it relates to: (1) diagnostic problem solving ability, (2) diagnostic problem solving knowledge, and (3) student attitude toward the course. Each of the four groups represented varying strengths of achievement…

  11. Macroscopic, histologic, histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features of mesothelioma.

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    Hammar, Samuel P

    2006-01-01

    Mesotheliomas are uncommon neoplasms that arise from the cells forming the serosal membranes of the body cavities. Approximately 90-95% of mesotheliomas arise in the pleural cavity and 5-10% in the peritoneal cavity. Rare mesotheliomas arise in the pericardium and in the tunica vaginalis. Unlike many neoplasms, mesotheliomas grow in a diffuse distribution and tend to encase the organs in the various body cavities. A combination of histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features are often necessary to accurately diagnose mesotheliomas. These techniques are highlighted in this review article on mesothelioma.

  12. [Environmental mesotheliomas in northeast Corsica].

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    Rey, F; Viallat, J R; Boutin, C; Farisse, P; Billon-Galland, M A; Hereng, P; Dumortier, P; De Vuyst, P

    1993-01-01

    Since 1980, we have collected fourteen cases of mesothelioma induced by environmental exposure to asbestos, going back to childhood in patients from north-east Corsica, in a region which was remote from the asbestos mine of Canari. There were eight men and six women with a mean age of 69.5 +/- 4 years. Six patients presented with bilateral calcified pleural plaques as evidence of environmental exposure. The mineral analysis carried out on five patients (four had thoracoscopies and one an alveolar lavage), showed a moderate deposit of chrysotile (0.3 to 3.4 x 10(6) fibres per gram of dry tissue), and elevated level of tremolite (1.4 to 62 x 10(6) fibres/g). The ambient dosage of asbestos has confirmed the existence of environmental pollution by chrysotile fibres and above all by tremolite. In addition, the same type of fibres have been identified in the parietal pleural of animals subjected to the same risk. In this region, the risk is estimated, on the basis of our results, as 10 cases of mesothelioma per 100,000 inhabitants per year.

  13. Diagnosis and prognosis—review of biomarkers for mesothelioma

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    Sun, Huan H.; Vaynblat, Allen

    2017-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive disease arising in pleural cell lining and is associated with asbestos exposure. Today, there is a rising incidence of MPM reaching 3,000 annual cases nationally, primarily from the large population occupationally exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1980. With a prolonged latency period, presenting clinically 10 to 40 years after exposure, MPM is often diagnosed in late stages and presents median survival time of less than 12 months. There is a serious need for improvement in prognostic and diagnostic tools for MPM. Recent investigation and discovery of various biomarkers has shown promise, including Osteopontin, Fibulin-3, Soluble Mesothelin-Related Proteins (SMRP), High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1), micro-RNA’s, peripheral blood-based markers, and Slow Off-rate Modified Aptamer (SOMAmer) proteomic assays. In this review, we explore these current major biomarkers and their prognostic and diagnostic potential, highlighting the most recent large studies and developments for each. While progress has been made in mesothelioma research, many questions remain unanswered. Increased international cooperation is necessary for improving validity of results for current biomarkers through repeated investigation and increasing cohort sizes, as well as for the continued search for new and better markers. PMID:28706912

  14. [Multicystic mesothelioma of the testicular tunica vaginalis].

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    Rosales Leal, José Luis; Tallada Buñuel, Miguel; Espejo Maldonado, Eduardo; Cózar Olmo, José Manuel; Vicente Prados, Francisco Javier; Martínez Morcillo, Antonio; Buitragosivianes, Soledad; Rodríguez Herrera, Francisco; Ortiz Gorráiz, Manuel; Zilbermman Morales, Sonia; Chamorro Santos, Clara

    2003-12-01

    To report an exceptional case of multicystic mesothelioma of the testicular tunica vaginalis. A 72-year-old male was referred for study of a scrotal mass. Physical examination, blood tests, and ultrasound were performed prior to surgical excision and pathologic study of the lesion. The ultrasound study showed a multilobar cystic lesion near the spermatic cord. Pathology reported multiple 3-4 mm cystic formations, with rudimentary papillae covered by a hyperchromatic epithelium and vimentin (+), CD 34 (+) immunophenotype. Multicystic mesothelioma is a rare form of mesothelioma, easy to recognize but infrequent. This tumor generally affects the peritoneal surface of the pelvis and abdomen; although other less frequent locations have been described testicular location is exceptional. We report the case of a patient presenting with a multicystic mesothelioma of the testicular tunica vaginalis and review the diagnosis, pathology and treatment options for this type of tumor.

  15. Oral metastasis in malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Sproat, C P; Brown, A E; Lindley, R P

    1993-10-01

    A case is reported of a 48-year-old man with malignant sarcomatous pleural mesothelioma, who presented with a secondary deposit in the mandibular alveolus. We believe that this is the first reported case of this nature.

  16. Dendritic cell-based immunotherapy in mesothelioma.

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    Cornelissen, Robin; Lievense, Lysanne A; Heuvers, Marlies E; Maat, Alexander P; Hendriks, Rudi W; Hoogsteden, Henk C; Hegmans, Joost P; Aerts, Joachim G

    2012-10-01

    Mesothelioma is a rare thoracic malignancy with a dismal prognosis. Current treatment options are scarce and clinical outcomes are rather disappointing. Due to the immunogenic nature of mesothelioma, several studies have investigated immunotherapeutic strategies to improve the prognosis of patients with mesothelioma. In the last decade, progress in knowledge of the modulation of the immune system to attack the tumor has been remarkable, but the optimal strategy for immunotherapy has yet to be unraveled. Because of their potent antigen-presenting capacity, dendritic cells are acknowledged as a promising agent in immunotherapeutic approaches in a number of malignancies. This review gives an update and provides a future perspective in which immunotherapy may improve the outcome of mesothelioma therapy.

  17. Global mesothelioma epidemic: Trend and features

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    Bianchi, Claudio; Bianchi, Tommaso

    2014-01-01

    Background: Mesothelioma incidence has taken epidemic proportions in various countries. The trend of the epidemic remains undefined. Objective: To collect the most recent available data on mesothelioma incidence in order to determine the present trend of the epidemic. Materials and Methods: Data of the Cancer and Mesothelioma Registries have been reviewed. In addition, numerous researchers were contacted to obtain supplementary information. Results: The highest incidence rates are reported from some countries in Europe (United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Malta, Belgium), and in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand). Relatively low incidence/mortality rates are reported from Japan and from Central Europe. In many countries a trend to increase continues to be observed. Data are not available for the mostly populous countries. Conclusion: Mesothelioma epidemic does not show signs of attenuation. The lack of data for a large majority of the world does not allow that the consciousness of the risks related to asbestos exposure is reached. PMID:25568603

  18. Global Gene Expression Profiling Of Human Pleural Mesotheliomas: Identification of Matrix Metalloproteinase 14 (MMP-14) as Potential Tumour Target

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    Crispi, Stefania; Calogero, Raffaele A.; Santini, Mario; Mellone, Pasquale; Vincenzi, Bruno; Citro, Gennaro; Vicidomini, Giovanni; Fasano, Silvia; Meccariello, Rosaria; Cobellis, Gilda; Menegozzo, Simona; Pierantoni, Riccardo; Facciolo, Francesco; Baldi, Alfonso; Menegozzo, Massimo

    2009-01-01

    Background The goal of our study was to molecularly dissect mesothelioma tumour pathways by mean of microarray technologies in order to identify new tumour biomarkers that could be used as early diagnostic markers and possibly as specific molecular therapeutic targets. Methodology We performed Affymetrix HGU133A plus 2.0 microarray analysis, containing probes for about 39,000 human transcripts, comparing 9 human pleural mesotheliomas with 4 normal pleural specimens. Stringent statistical feature selection detected a set of differentially expressed genes that have been further evaluated to identify potential biomarkers to be used in early diagnostics. Selected genes were confirmed by RT-PCR. As reported by other mesothelioma profiling studies, most of genes are involved in G2/M transition. Our list contains several genes previously described as prognostic classifier. Furthermore, we found novel genes, never associated before to mesotheliom that could be involved in tumour progression. Notable is the identification of MMP-14, a member of matrix metalloproteinase family. In a cohort of 70 mesothelioma patients, we found by a multivariate Cox regression analysis, that the only parameter influencing overall survival was expression of MMP14. The calculated relative risk of death in MM patients with low MMP14 expression was significantly lower than patients with high MMp14 expression (P = 0.002). Conclusions Based on the results provided, this molecule could be viewed as a new and effective therapeutic target to test for the cure of mesothelioma. PMID:19753302

  19. Intra-abdominal benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Jouvin, I; Dohan, A; Gergi, P; Pocard, M

    2014-04-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesotheliomas are rare: pre-operative diagnosis relies on proper imaging. The differential diagnosis includes pseudomyxoma peritonei and other peritoneal cysts. Absence of previous surgical resection offers the best chance of success when complete resection is performed in a specialized center. We report the case of a 43 year-old man with benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma treated by cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Malignant mesothelioma: Canadian perspective and research directions

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    Lee, C.W.; Martin, J.; MacRae, R.; Tsao, M.S.; Nguyen, E.; Johnston, M.; Baas, P.; Laurie, S.; Feld, R.; Murray, N.; Shepherd, F.A.

    2008-01-01

    Since the 1960s, the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in Canada has increased dramatically because of work-related asbestos exposures. Treatment options are limited. Although chemotherapy is now an accepted standard in the management of advanced disease, uncertainty surrounds the roles of radical surgery and radiation. In March 2007, a symposium was held in Vancouver, B.C., to review the current approach to malignant mesothelioma in Canada and to discuss development of a national clinical research strategy.

  1. Diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma and asbestos exposure

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    Whitwell, F.; Rawcliffe, Rachel M.

    1971-01-01

    Pleural mesothelioma has been diagnosed in 52 patients in three hospitals on Merseyside between 1955 and 1970, 60% being diagnosed from operation specimens and the rest from postmortem tissues. Necropsies eventually held on nearly half the operation cases confirmed the diagnosis, giving a necropsy rate of 70% for the series. The morbid anatomy conformed to earlier descriptions except that widespread metastases were much commoner than has usually been described. Histological findings agreed with previous accounts of the tumour, except that, in our hands, special acid mucopolysaccharide staining was less reliable than Southgate's mucicarmine, which was of value in differential diagnosis. Association with asbestos was confirmed from industrial histories in 80% of cases, the commonest industries involved being shipbuilding and repairing in men and sackware repairing in women. Lungs of industrial mesothelioma cases showed basal asbestosis in 17% and excessive asbestos bodies in almost all the rest. Quantitative comparison of asbestos bodies in lung smears from mesothelioma cases compared with lung smears from other Merseyside adults showed much higher counts in the mesothelioma cases. The interval from first exposure to asbestos until appearance of mesothelioma ranged between 13 and 63 years, with a mean of 42 years. We think the incidence of mesothelioma will continue to rise with the increased use of asbestos until about 40 years after adequate protective measures have been taken. Images PMID:5101273

  2. [Selection of the information for solving medical diagnostic problems with "diagnostic games" (the example of predicting the time of sinus rhythm maintenance after eliminating atrial fibrillation)].

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    Gel'fand, I M; Syrkin, A L; Alekseevskaia, M A; Nedostup, A V; Kliushin, E S

    1983-01-01

    A new method is proposed for data selection with respect to solving medical diagnosis problems. It reduces the scope of information, leaving for further processing only the facts the physician actually needs for problem-solving. The protocols of "diagnostic games" reflect the physician's mental process and can be used in the development of a physician model.

  3. Diagnostic reframing of intractable environmental problems: case of a contested multiparty public land-use conflict.

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    Asah, Stanley T; Bengston, David N; Wendt, Keith; Nelson, Kristen C

    2012-10-15

    , including political and economic influences on decision making. We discuss how the reframing process enhances tractability of multiparty environmental problems. We point to some limitations of Q methodology as a tool for the diagnostic reframing of such problems. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Malignant intraperitoneal mesothelioma-Başkent University experience

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    Macuks, Ronalds; Özdemir, Halis; Dursun, Polat; Özen, Özlem Işıksaçan; Haberal, Nihan; Ayhan, Ali

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate diagnostic and treatment results of malignant intraperitoneal mesothelioma in one setting. Materials and Method: 12 patients treated for malignant peritoneal mesothelioma from January 2007 to June 2009 in Başkent University Ankara Hospital, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics were evaluated. In a retrospective observational study design tumour stage, grade, differentiation, time from first symptoms, pleural involvement, peritoneal cancer index, surgical cytoreduction, chemotherapeutic regimen, number of cycles, disease free survival and overall survival were evaluated. Disease free survival, overall survival, time until first symptoms were researched. Results The main presenting symptom was abdominal distension. Primary cytoreductive surgery followed by chemotherapy was performed in 9 patients. In 6 patients completeness of cytoreductive score below 2 was achieved. As a first line chemotherapy the most often used was cisplatin in combination with pemetrexed. Themean time from first symptoms until the diagnosis was 1.9 months. Disease free survival of 4.4±1.0 months after completing particular treatment and overall 1-year survival of 85.7 % was observed. No correlations between first symptoms (0.27, p=0.52), time until the diagnosis (−0.29, p=0.44) and overall survival were observed. Similarly, correlations between peritoneal cancer index (0.25, p=0.67), prior surgical score (−.45, p=0.37), completeness of cytoreduction score (0.61, p=0.27) and overall survival were not observed. Conclusions Because of the low number of patients and different treatment approaches data from a particular patient setting are inconclusive, but from the literature there is evidence that patients with malignant intraperitoneal mesothelioma should undergo optimal cytoreduction and receive a combination of cisplatin and pemetrexed as a first line chemotherapy for intravenous or cisplatin in different chemotherapy regimens using the intraperitoneal

  5. [ACTUAL PROBLEMS OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC CONTROL, LABORATORY DIAGNOSTICS AND PROPHYLAXIS OF CHOLERA IN RUSSIAN FEDERATION].

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    Onischenko, G G; Popova, A Yu; Kutyrev, V V; Smirnova, N I; Scherbakova, S A; Moskvitina, E A; Titova, S V

    2016-01-01

    Main problems of system of epidemiologic control for cholera active in Russian Federation, as well as laboratory diagnostics and vaccine prophylaxis of this especially dangerous infection, that had emerged in the contemporary period of the ongoing 7th pandemic of cholera, are discussed. Features of the genome of natural strains of Vibrio cholerae of El Tor biovar, that possess a poten- tial epidemic threat, as well as problems, that have emerged during isolation of these strains from samples of water of surface water bodies during their monitoring, are also examined. The main direction of enhancement of the system of epidemiologic control for cholera consist in develop- ment of a new algorithm of differentiation of administrative territories of Russian Federation by types of epidemic manifestations, as well as optimization of monitoring of environment objects. Integration of modern highly informative technologies into practice, as well as development of new generation diagnostic preparations based on DNA-chips and immunechips is necessary to increase effectiveness of the conducted operative and retrospective diagnostics in the contemporary period. Creation of national cholera vaccine, ensuring simultaneous protection from cholera causative agents of both O1 and O139 serogroups, is also required.

  6. Malignant Mesothelioma: Development to Therapy

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    Thompson, Joyce; Westbom, Catherine; Shukla, Arti

    2013-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer of the mesothelium caused by asbestos. Asbestos use has been reduced but not completely stopped. In addition, natural or man-made disasters will continue to dislodge asbestos from old buildings into the atmosphere and as long as respirable asbestos is available, MM will continue to be a threat. Due to the long latency period of MM development, it would still take decades to eradicate this disease if asbestos was completely removed from our lives today. Therefore, there is a need for researchers and clinicians to work together to understand this deadly disease and find a solution for early diagnosis and treatment. This article focuses on developmental mechanisms as well as current therapies available for MM. PMID:23959774

  7. Identification of cis- and trans-acting elements regulating calretinin expression in mesothelioma cells

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    Kresoja-Rakic, Jelena; Kapaklikaya, Esra; Ziltener, Gabriela; Dalcher, Damian; Santoro, Raffaella; Christensen, Brock C.; Johnson, Kevin C.; Schwaller, Beat; Weder, Walter; Stahel, Rolf A.; Felley-Bosco, Emanuela

    2016-01-01

    Calretinin (CALB2) is a diagnostic marker for epithelioid mesothelioma. It is also a prognostic marker since patients with tumors expressing high calretinin levels have better overall survival. Silencing of calretinin decreases viability of epithelioid mesothelioma cells. Our aim was to elucidate mechanisms regulating calretinin expression in mesothelioma. Analysis of calretinin transcript and protein suggested a control at the mRNA level. Treatment with 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine and analysis of TCGA data indicated that promoter methylation is not likely to be involved. Therefore, we investigated CALB2 promoter by analyzing ~1kb of genomic sequence surrounding the transcription start site (TSS) + 1 using promoter reporter assay. Deletion analysis of CALB2 proximal promoter showed that sequence spanning the −161/+80bp region sustained transcriptional activity. Site-directed analysis identified important cis-regulatory elements within this −161/+80bp CALB2 promoter. EMSA and ChIP assays confirmed binding of NRF-1 and E2F2 to the CALB2 promoter and siRNA knockdown of NRF-1 led to decreased expression of calretinin. Cell synchronization experiment showed that calretinin expression was cell cycle regulated with a peak of expression at G1/S phase. This study provides the first insight in the regulation of CALB2 expression in mesothelioma cells. PMID:26848772

  8. Mouse Xenograft Model for Mesothelioma | NCI Technology Transfer Center | TTC

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    The National Cancer Institute is seeking parties interested in collaborative research to co-develop, evaluate, or commercialize a new mouse model for monoclonal antibodies and immunoconjugates that target malignant mesotheliomas. Applications of the technology include models for screening compounds as potential therapeutics for mesothelioma and for studying the pathology of mesothelioma.

  9. [Iodine containing drugs and thyroid gland function. A diagnostic and therapeutic problem].

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    Weissel, M

    1991-01-01

    Iodine-induced thyroid dysfunction will become more important in Austria in the near future, because of the augmentation of the iodine content in salt in 1990. This review therefore tries to summarize the diagnostic and therapeutic problems that may arise in iodine-induced thyroid disease. After discussion of the physiologic reaction of the normal thyroid to iodine the most frequently used iodine-containing drugs used in Austria are presented. Special emphasis is laid on iodine containing antiseptics and on the antiarrhythmic drug amiodarone. The influence of iodine supplementation on the reaction of diseased thyroid glands to iodine overload is stressed. The diagnosis of iodine induced thyroid dysfunction is relatively simple, once it is thought of. Amiodarone-iodine induced thyroid disease may be an exception, because of the intrinsic effect of this drug on thyroid hormone metabolism. Since high intra-thyroidal iodine content inhibits the action of thyrostatics, therapy of iodine-induced hyperthyroidism may be complicated. Alternative possibilities such as cortisone, perchlorate or surgery in thyroid storm are presented. Substitution with 1-thyroxine in iodine-induced hypothyroidism may be harmful in elderly patients with cardiac problems. In conclusion, this review tries to present the state of the art of the solution of diagnostic and therapeutic problems in thyroid dysfunction due to iodine administration.

  10. Benign multicystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum: a case report.

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    Cavallaro, Antonio; Murazio, Marino; Modugno, Pietro; Vona, Alessio; Revelli, Luca; Potenza, Angelo Eugenio; Colli, Rosa

    2002-01-01

    The aim of this study is to report the experience of a case of benign multicystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum presented with acute appendicitis symptomatology. A 28 years old man with right lower and upper abdominal pain was admitted into hospital. Because of the clinical picture, the symptomatology and the leukocytosis a diagnosis of acute appendicitis was made and the patient underwent appendicectomy according to Mc Burney. At laparotomy some cc of purulent fluid were sucked and a cystic mass that contained clear fluid was revealed. In consequence of the incidental diagnosis a following middle laparotomy was made with a careful surgical excision of the mass and of the appendix. Macroscopically the lesion was identified like a neoplastic mass 25 centimeters in diameter, with a multicystic and fibrous-adipose aspect, with cysts 5 centimeters in diameter. The cystic spaces were lined by a layer of eptelial cells which presented positive reaction for cytokeratin and EMA, whereas endothelium markers were absent. The ultrastructural, morphological and immunohistochemical findings were diagnostic of a benign multicystic mesothelioma.

  11. Inter-rater reliability and acceptance of the structured diagnostic interview for regulatory problems in infancy.

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    Popp, Lukka; Fuths, Sabrina; Seehagen, Sabine; Bolten, Margarete; Gross-Hemmi, Mirja; Wolke, Dieter; Schneider, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Regulatory problems such as excessive crying, sleeping-and feeding difficulties in infancy are some of the earliest precursors of later mental health difficulties emerging throughout the lifespan. In the present study, the inter-rater reliability and acceptance of a structured computer-assisted diagnostic interview for regulatory problems (Baby-DIPS) was investigated. Using a community sample, 132 mothers of infants aged between 3 and 18 months (mean age = 10 months) were interviewed with the Baby-DIPS regarding current and former (combined = lifetime) regulatory problems. Severity of the symptoms was also rated. The interviews were conducted face-to-face at a psychology department at the university (51.5 %), the mother's home (23.5 %), or via telephone (25.0 %). Inter-rater reliability was assessed with Cohen's kappa (k). A sample of 48 mothers and their interviewers filled in acceptance questionnaires after the interview. Good to excellent inter-rater reliability on the levels of current and lifetime regulatory problems (k = 0.77-0.98) were found. High inter-rater agreement was also found for ratings of severity (ICC = 0.86-0.97). Participants and interviewers' overall acceptance ratings of the computer-assisted interview were favourable. Acceptance scores did not differ between interviews that revealed one or more clinically relevant regulatory problem(s) compared to those that revealed no regulatory problems. The Baby-DIPS was found to be a reliable instrument for the assessment of current and lifetime problems in crying and sleeping behaviours. The computer-assisted version of the Baby-DIPS was well accepted by interviewers and mothers. The Baby-DIPS appears to be well-suited for research and clinical use to identify infant regulatory problems.

  12. Mesothelioma

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    ... a wide variety of applications, such as in insulation, brakes, shingles, flooring and many other products. When ... during the mining process or when removing asbestos insulation, dust may be created. If the dust is ...

  13. Combination of MiR-103a-3p and Mesothelin Improves the Biomarker Performance of Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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    Bryk, Oleksandr; Raiko, Irina; Pesch, Beate; Kollmeier, Jens; Bauer, Torsten T.; Brüning, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Background For the detection of malignant mesothelioma no single biomarker with reasonable sensitivity and specificity has been described so far. Mesothelin, the most prominent blood-based biomarker, is characterized by high specificity but low sensitivity. It might be reasonable to combine biomarkers of different molecular classes in order to improve the overall performance. The aim of this study was to assess the performance of the combination of mesothelin and miR-103a-3p as blood-based biomarker for mesothelioma. Methods/Principal Findings Mesothelin concentration in plasma and miR-103a-3p levels in the cellular blood fraction were analyzed in 43 male mesothelioma patients and 52 male controls formerly exposed to asbestos. For the discrimination of epithelioid and biphasic mesothelioma from asbestos-exposed controls mesothelin and miR-103a-3p showed 74% and 89% sensitivity and 85% and 63% specificity, respectively. For the combination of mesothelin and miR-103a-3p a sensitivity of 95% and a specificity of 81% were calculated. Conclusions/Significance The results of this study show that the combination of mesothelin and miR-103a-3p improves the diagnostic performance of individual blood-based biomarker to detect malignant mesothelioma. The obtained results indicate that the use of biomarkers of different molecular classes might be a reasonable approach to assemble a biomarker panel. PMID:25469901

  14. Malignant mesenterial mesothelioma in stroke patients.

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    Budiyasa, Dewa Gde Agung; Wibawa, I Dewa Nyoman

    2008-10-01

    Mesothel is the cell lining of serosal surface of the pleura, peritoneum, pericardium, and testis. Malignant mesothelioma is a highly aggressive tumor from mesothel that has a tendency to grow rapidly and invade locally. Although the incidence of malignant mesenterial mesothelioma is not so high, the case fatality rate is very high. The aim of this case report is to report the rare and difficult case with several complications. A Balinese man, 64 years old, came with chief complaint of weakness, abdominal enlargement, and nausea, with history of previous liver disease. On physical examination were found a decrease of conciousness, subfebrile, abdominal distension, ascites, negative traube space, and paralysis of the left side of the body. Laboratory examination results showed leukocytosis, hypochromic-micrositic anemia, trombocytosis, hypoalbuminemia, increase of alkaline phosphatase, and mild hyponatremia. Abdominal USG showed intraperitoneal mass which some of them attach to abdominal wall, possibly from mesenterium and ascites, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) revealed reflux esofagitis and anthral erossive gastritis, skull CT scan showed small infarction at left parietal medulla and right basal ganglia, cytology showed spreaded and grouped mesothel with reactive lymphocyte and amorph back ground. FNAB result showed malignant mesothelioma, and normal colonoscopy. Based on the above data, the diagnoses were malignant mesenterial mesothelioma, reflux esofagitis and anthral erossive gastritis, and non hemorrhagic stroke. Malignant mesenterial mesothelioma should be considered in patient with the combination of unexplained ascites and abdominal pain. Although the result of treatment is very disappointing, the patient had to be treated optimally to increase quality of life.

  15. Atezolizumab, Pemetrexed Disodium, Cisplatin, and Surgery With or Without Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage I-III Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma

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    2017-09-04

    Stage I Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7; Stage IA Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7; Stage IB Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7; Stage II Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7; Stage III Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7

  16. Evaluation of Diagnostic Tests Using Information Theory for Multi-Class Diagnostic Problems and its Application for the Detection of Occlusal Caries Lesions

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    Arslan, Umut; Karaağaoğlu, Ergun; Özkan, Gökhan; Kanlı, Aydan

    2014-01-01

    Background: Several methods are available to evaluate the performance of the tests when the purpose of the diagnostic test is to discriminate between two possible disease states. However multi-class diagnostic problems frequently appear in many areas of medical science. Hence, there is a need for methods which will enable us to characterize the accuracy of diagnostic tests when there are more than two possible disease states. Aims: To show that two information theory measures, information content (IC) and proportional reduction in diagnostic uncertainty (PRDU), can be used for the evaluation of the performance of diagnostic tests for multi-class diagnostic problems that may appear in different areas of medical science. Study Design: Diagnostic accuracy study. Methods: Sixty freshly extracted permanent human molar and pre-molar teeth suspected to have occlusal caries lesions were selected for the study and were assessed by two experienced examiners. Each examiner performed two evaluations. Histological examination was used as the gold standard. The scores of the histological examination were defined as sound (n=11), enamel caries (n=22) and dentin caries (n=27). Diagnostic performance of i) visual inspection, ii) radiography, iii) laser fluorescence (LF) and iv) micro-computed tomography (M-CT) caries detection methods was evaluated by calculating IC and PRDU. Results: Micro-computed tomography examination was the best method among the diagnostic techniques for the diagnosis of occlusal caries in terms of both IC and PRDU. M-CT examination supplied the maximum diagnostic information about the diagnosis of occlusal caries in the first (IC: 1.056; p<0.05), (PRDU: 70.5%) and second evaluation (IC: 1.105; p<0.05), (PRDU: 73.8%) for the first examiner. M-CT examination was the best method among the diagnostic techniques for the second examiner in both the first (IC:1.105; p<0.05), (PRDU:73.8%) and second evaluation (IC:1.061; p<0.05), (PRDU:70.8%). IC and PRDU were

  17. Non-asbestos-related malignant mesothelioma. A review

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    Peterson, J.T. Jr.; Greenberg, S.D.; Buffler, P.A.

    1984-09-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon, but increasingly important, neoplasm. The existing English-language medical literature concerning non-asbestos-related malignant mesotheliomas was reviewed for evidence of other agents associated with the induction of malignant mesothelioma. Both animal and human data were reviewed. In most reviews of malignant mesothelioma, there are a significant proportion of cases without documented asbestos exposure (range, 0% to 87%). Furthermore, there are several fairly well-documented agents other than asbestos that induce malignant mesothelioma in animals, and strong evidence exists that such is the case in man. In reviews of malignant mesothelioma, the percentage of cases with asbestos exposure varies, but a significant number are apparently not asbestos related. It is believed that sufficient evidence exists to suggest that non-asbestos agents can induce malignant mesotheliomas in man, and additional epidemiologic studies in this area are needed.

  18. Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor in malignant mesothelioma.

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    Aoe, Keisuke; Hiraki, Akio; Tanaka, Takehiro; Gemba, Ken-Ichi; Taguchi, Koji; Murakami, Tomoyuki; Sueoka, Naoko; Kamei, Toshiaki; Ueoka, Hiroshi; Sugi, Kazuro; Yoshino, Tadashi; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2006-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is the most common primary pleural neoplasm. Angiogenesis is an important component of a variety of pathological processes, including carcinogenesis and tumor metastases. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is the most potent known endothelial, cell specific mitogen. The authors assessed the relation between VEGF expression and clinicopathological variables or overall survival, in malignant mesothelioma. We studied 37 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and found that 36 out of 37 (97.3%) malignant mesothelioma samples were stained positively for VEGF. An increased expression of VEGF was observed in the epithelioid type compared with the other histological types of malignant mesothelioma, including the biphasic and sarcomatoid types. No statistically significant association was observed between VEGF expression and gender, age, or clinical stage. Furthermore, the expression of VEGF did not impact on the survival of patients with malignant mesothelioma. Although VEGF expression might be important for tumor development and maintenance, it was not identified as a prognostic factor in malignant mesothelioma.

  19. Benign multicystic mesothelioma: a case report.

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    Adolph, A J; Smith, T E; Adolph, J

    2002-03-01

    Benign multicystic mesothelioma (also known as multilocular peritoneal inclusion cyst) is a rare lesion found on any abdominal peritoneal surface that occurs most frequently in premenopausal women. We report the case of a 36-year- old woman, who presented with a history of generalized abdominal pain, intermittent abdominal bloating, and episodes of loose stools. A pelvic ultrasound revealed a complex cystic mass with fine internal septations. The patient was managed by laparotomy with removal of mass, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, omentectomy, and multiple peritoneal biopsies. Final pathology revealed benign multicystic mesothelioma. Although mesothelioma is a rare tumour, it is important for all gynaecologists to recognize its existence, the appearance of this lesion, and its generally benign course. This is especially important as it occurs in young women where fertility considerations must be part of the discussion of any pelvic surgery.

  20. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: a case report

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    2010-01-01

    Introduction We report the case of a patient with a benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma and describe its appearance on computed tomography scans and ultrasonography, in correlation with gross clinical and pathological findings. Case presentation A 72-year-old Caucasian woman presented to our emergency department with acute abdomen signs and symptoms. A clinical examination revealed a painful palpable mass in her left abdomen. Abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography demonstrated the presence of a large cystic mass in her left upper abdomen, adjacent to her left hemidiaphragm. The lower border of the mass extended to the upper margin of her pelvis. A complete resection of the lesion was performed. Pathological analysis showed a benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma. Conclusions Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare lesion with a non-specific appearance on imaging. Its diagnosis always requires pathological analysis. PMID:21114811

  1. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: a case report.

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    Pitta, Xanthi; Andreadis, Efstathios; Ekonomou, Athanasios; Papachristodoulou, Athanasia; Tziouvaras, Chrisostomos; Papapaulou, Leonidas; Sapidis, Nikolaos; Chrisidis, Thomas

    2010-11-29

    We report the case of a patient with a benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma and describe its appearance on computed tomography scans and ultrasonography, in correlation with gross clinical and pathological findings. A 72-year-old Caucasian woman presented to our emergency department with acute abdomen signs and symptoms. A clinical examination revealed a painful palpable mass in her left abdomen. Abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography demonstrated the presence of a large cystic mass in her left upper abdomen, adjacent to her left hemidiaphragm. The lower border of the mass extended to the upper margin of her pelvis. A complete resection of the lesion was performed. Pathological analysis showed a benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare lesion with a non-specific appearance on imaging. Its diagnosis always requires pathological analysis.

  2. Deciduoid peritoneal mesothelioma in a dog.

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    Morini, M; Bettini, G; Morandi, F; Burdisso, R; Marcato, P S

    2006-03-01

    Deciduoid mesothelioma is a rare variant of epithelial mesothelioma, up to now only described in human pathology, which bears remarkable cytomorphologic resemblance to the endometrium of pregnancy, termed decidua. A case of peritoneal mesothelioma with deciduoid features in a 10-year-old, female dog is reported. Multiple whitish-gray nodules (1-5 mm in diameter) in parietal peritoneum and mesentery were histologically composed of large, proliferating, polygonal or ovoid cells with an abundant eosinophilic, glassy cytoplasm. Immunohistochemical evaluation indicated that the neoplastic cells coexpressed cytokeratin and vimentin with strong and diffuse cytoplasmic staining, and ultrastructural analysis showed long and slender mesothelial-type microvilli; these findings confirmed the mesothelial origin of the tumor.

  3. Unusual clear cell variant of epithelioid mesothelioma.

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    Dessy, E; Falleni, M; Braidotti, P; Del Curto, B; Panigalli, T; Pietra, G G

    2001-12-01

    Clear cell mesothelioma is an extremely rare neoplasm of the pleura, which can easily be mistaken for a metastasis of clear cell carcinoma to the pleura. We report here the histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural aspects of a new case of clear cell pleural mesothelioma in a 52-year-old man with no known asbestos exposure. He was admitted to the hospital for recurrent pleural effusion, which was negative for neoplastic cells at the cytologic examination. A partial decortication of the right pleura was performed. The morphologic, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features reported for this case are consistent with the diagnosis of clear cell mesothelioma. The differential diagnosis and immunohistochemical features in comparison with other clear cell neoplasms are discussed.

  4. Novel systemic therapy against malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Mancuso, Michael R; Neal, Joel W

    2017-06-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor of the pleura with an overall poor prognosis. Even with surgical resection, for which only a subset of patients are eligible, long term disease free survival is rare. Standard first-line systemic treatment consists of a platinum analog, an anti-metabolite, and sometimes anti-angiogenic therapy, but there is currently no well-established standard therapy for refractory or relapsed disease. This review focuses on efforts to develop improved systemic therapy for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) including cytotoxic systemic therapy, a variety of tyrosine kinase inhibitors and their downstream effector pathways, pharmacologic targeting of the epigenome, novel approaches to target proteins expressed on mesothelioma cells (such as mesothelin), arginine depletion therapy, and the emerging role of immunotherapy. Overall, these studies demonstrate the challenges of improving systemic therapy for MPM and highlight the need to develop therapeutic strategies to control this disease.

  5. Quantitative structure - mesothelioma potency model ...

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    Cancer potencies of mineral and synthetic elongated particle (EP) mixtures, including asbestos fibers, are influenced by changes in fiber dose composition, bioavailability, and biodurability in combination with relevant cytotoxic dose-response relationships. A unique and comprehensive rat intra-pleural (IP) dose characterization data set with a wide variety of EP size, shape, crystallographic, chemical, and bio-durability properties facilitated extensive statistical analyses of 50 rat IP exposure test results for evaluation of alternative dose pleural mesothelioma response models. Utilizing logistic regression, maximum likelihood evaluations of thousands of alternative dose metrics based on hundreds of individual EP dimensional variations within each test sample, four major findings emerged: (1) data for simulations of short-term EP dose changes in vivo (mild acid leaching) provide superior predictions of tumor incidence compared to non-acid leached data; (2) sum of the EP surface areas (ÓSA) from these mildly acid-leached samples provides the optimum holistic dose response model; (3) progressive removal of dose associated with very short and/or thin EPs significantly degrades resultant ÓEP or ÓSA dose-based predictive model fits, as judged by Akaike’s Information Criterion (AIC); and (4) alternative, biologically plausible model adjustments provide evidence for reduced potency of EPs with length/width (aspect) ratios 80 µm. Regar

  6. Advances in the management of malignant mesothelioma.

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    Khalil, Mazen Y; Mapa, Marissa; Shin, Hyung Ju C; Shin, Dong M

    2003-07-01

    Malignant mesotheliomas are very aggressive tumors that originate from mesothelial cells, which form the serosal lining of the pleura, pericardial, and peritoneal cavities. Finding effective chemotherapeutic treatment for malignant mesothelioma is a challenge. There is no standard treatment because this tumor is relatively resistant to therapy. A resurgence of interest has been expressed in novel therapies and conventional treatments used in different ways. Several treatment modalities have been studied, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, and immunotherapy. Chemotherapy can be administered systemically or directly into the pleura. This review presents the results of the most recent trials and highlights the most promising advances in the battle against this aggressive disease.

  7. Peritoneal mesothelioma in a jaguar (Panthera onca).

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    Souza, Francisco de Assis Leite; de Carvalho, Ciro José Sousa; de Almeida, Hatawa M; Pires, Lidiany Viana; Silva, Lucilene dos Santos; Costa, Francisco Assis Lima; Silva, Silvana M Medeiros de Sousa

    2013-09-01

    A 21-yr-old female jaguar (Panthera onca) died in a zoo in Teresina, Piaui, Brazil, following a history of abdominal distension, ascites, anorexia, and dyspnea. At necropsy, a dark red, watery, blood-tinged serous fluid was present in the abdominal cavity. The peritoneum was thick with firm, yellow, villous projections. Histologically, the tumors were composed of a biphasic population of cells, which reacted to anti-cytokeratin and anti-vimentin antibodies, consistent with a biphasic benign mesothelioma of peritoneal origin. This is the first reported case of mesothelioma in a captive jaguar.

  8. [Malignant pleural mesothelioma with multiple nodules].

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    Asano, Michiko; Gemba, Kenichi; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Nishi, Hideyuki; Taguchi, Koji; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2011-12-01

    A 62-year-old man with left chest pain had left pleural effusion pointed out on a chest radiograph. Chest CT scans showed multiple nodules on the left parietal pleura and pleural effusion. He was referred to our hospital and we performed thoracoscopic examination. Malignant pleural mesothelioma (biphasic type) was diagnosed, based on the pathological findings of a parietal nodular mass, including immunohistological analysis. Chemotherapy using carboplatin and pemetrexed reduced the size of tumor and left pleural effusion. This is a rare case with atypical CT findings of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

  9. Mesothelioma following Wilms' tumor in childhood

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    Antman, K.H.; Ruxer, R.L. Jr.; Aisner, J.; Vawter, G.

    1984-07-15

    A high percentage of children with Wilms' tumor are cured with multimodal treatment. A small percentage of these children will develop second tumors, perhaps related to a genetic predisposition to neoplasia or possibly secondary to the treatment utilized for Wilms' tumor. Malignant mesothelioma has been associated with contact with asbestos but has also been reported after radiation exposure. Two patients are reported who developed malignant mesothelioma of the pleura after treatment for Wilms' tumor in childhood. Both received orthovoltage radiation; one patient also received triethylenemelamine (TEM), an alkylating agent closely related to nitrogen mustard, for 5 years. Factors in the development of second tumors are discussed.

  10. Tumorigenic properties of alternative osteopontin isoforms in mesothelioma

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    Ivanov, Sergey V.; Ivanova, Alla V.; Goparaju, Chandra M.V.; Chen, Yuanbin; Beck, Amanda; Pass, Harvey I.

    2009-05-08

    Osteopontin (SPP1) is an inflammatory cytokine that we previously characterized as a diagnostic marker in patients with asbestos-induced malignant mesothelioma (MM). While SPP1 shows both pro- and anti-tumorigenic biological effects, little is known about the molecular basis of these activities. In this study, we demonstrate that while healthy pleura possesses all three differentially spliced SPP1 isoforms (A-C), in clinical MM specimens isoform A is markedly up-regulated and predominant. To provide a clue to possible functions of the SPP1 isoforms we next performed their functional evaluation via transient expression in MM cell lines. As a result, we report that isoforms A-C demonstrate different activities in cell proliferation, wound closure, and invasion assays. These findings suggest different functions for SPP1 isoforms and underline pro-tumorigenic properties of isoforms A and B.

  11. Environmental malignant mesothelioma in southern Anatolia: a study of fifty cases.

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    Zeren, E H; Gümürdülü, D; Roggli, V L; Zorludemir, S; Erkişi, M; Tuncer, I

    2000-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a highly aggressive tumor of the serous membranes, which in humans results from exposure to asbestos and asbestiform fibers. Although occupational malignant mesothelioma is still the most common form of this lesion, naturally contaminated soil can play an important role in the development of environmental malignant mesothelioma in some parts of the world. Fifty cases of malignant mesothelioma (MM) from southern Turkey with no occupational history of asbestos exposure were reviewed regarding pathologic and clinical features. A case of hyaline fibrous plaque of the pleura was also included in this series. Histologically the cases were classified as epithelial (36 cases); sarcomatous (7 cases); and biphasic (7 cases). One of the sarcomatous cases was desmoplastic. Ultrastructural examination of the tumor tissue in three cases revealed long-surface microvilli in epithelial cells. Interstitial cells of the lung in one case showed electron-dense asbestos fibers in the cytoplasm. Mineralogical analyses of the lung tissue in three cases of MM and the case of pleural plaque showed high amounts of asbestos fibers most consistent with tremolite and actinolite. The clinical and pathologic features of our cases support that the environmental inhalation of asbestos is still a major health problem in some parts of Turkey. PMID:11102295

  12. The Development of Diagnostic Competence: Comparison of a Problem-Based, an Integrated, and a Conventional Medical Curriculum.

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    Schmidt, Henk G.; And Others

    1996-01-01

    A Dutch study compared the clinical diagnostic skills of 612 medical students educated at schools with problem-based, integrated, or conventional curricula. Students responded to 30 case histories epidemiologically representative of Dutch society and all organ systems. Students trained within problem-based and integrated curricula made more…

  13. Reliability and Validity of a Procedure to Measure Diagnostic Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills Taught in Predoctoral Orthodontic Education.

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    Albanese, Mark A.; Jacobs, Richard M.

    1990-01-01

    The reliability and validity of a procedure to measure diagnostic-reasoning and problem-solving skills taught in predoctoral orthodontic education were studied using 68 second year dental students. The procedure includes stimulus material and 33 multiple-choice items. It is a feasible way of assessing problem-solving skills in dentistry education…

  14. Reliability and Validity of a Procedure to Measure Diagnostic Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills Taught in Predoctoral Orthodontic Education.

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    Albanese, Mark A.; Jacobs, Richard M.

    1990-01-01

    The reliability and validity of a procedure to measure diagnostic-reasoning and problem-solving skills taught in predoctoral orthodontic education were studied using 68 second year dental students. The procedure includes stimulus material and 33 multiple-choice items. It is a feasible way of assessing problem-solving skills in dentistry education…

  15. Diffuse intrapulmonary malignant mesothelioma masquerading as interstitial lung disease: a distinctive variant of mesothelioma.

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    Larsen, Brandon T; Klein, Julianne R H; Hornychová, Helena; Nuti, Rathna; Thirumala, Seshadri; Leslie, Kevin O; Colby, Thomas V; Tazelaar, Henry D

    2013-10-01

    Malignant mesothelioma typically encases lungs as a thick rind, while relatively sparing lung parenchyma. We describe an unusual presentation of mesothelioma characterized by diffuse intrapulmonary growth, with absent or inconspicuous pleural involvement, clinically simulating interstitial lung disease (ILD). We identified 5 patients (median age 56 y, all men) with diffuse intrapulmonary malignant mesothelioma in our pathology consultation practice from 2009 to 2012. Clinical history, imaging, and pathology materials were reviewed. Symptoms included chronic dyspnea (4 cases), cough (3), and acute dyspnea with bilateral pneumothorax (1). Chest imaging showed irregular opacities (5), reticulation (4), pleural effusions (2), and subpleural nodular densities (1), without radiologic evidence of pleural disease or masses. A clinicoradiologic diagnosis of ILD was made in all cases, and wedge biopsies were performed. Histologic evaluation revealed a neoplastic proliferation of bland epithelioid or spindled cells, showing various growth patterns simulating silicotic nodules, desquamative interstitial pneumonia, organizing pneumonia, and Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Some areas mimicked adenocarcinoma, with lepidic, acinar, micropapillary, and solid patterns. Initial diagnoses by referring pathologists included reactive changes (1), hypersensitivity pneumonitis versus drug reaction (1), desquamative interstitial pneumonia versus neoplasm (1), and mesothelioma (2). Microscopic pleural involvement was identified in 4 cases. Immunohistochemistry confirmed the characteristic immunophenotype of mesothelioma in all cases. Median survival of 3 patients treated with chemotherapy was 28 months. Two patients received no therapy and survived 3 and 4 weeks, respectively. "Diffuse intrapulmonary malignant mesothelioma" is a rare variant with a distinctive presentation that clinically mimics ILD. Recognition is essential to avoid misdiagnosis.

  16. Progress and problems in the biology, diagnostics, and therapeutics of prion diseases

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    Aguzzi, Adriano; Heikenwalder, Mathias; Miele, Gino

    2004-01-01

    The term “prion” was introduced by Stanley Prusiner in 1982 to describe the atypical infectious agent that causes transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, a group of infectious neurodegenerative diseases that include scrapie in sheep, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, chronic wasting disease in cervids, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle. Over the past twenty years, the word “prion” has been taken to signify various subtly different concepts. In this article, we refer to the prion as the transmissible principle underlying prion diseases, without necessarily implying any specific biochemical or structural identity. When Prusiner started his seminal work, the study of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies was undertaken by only a handful of scientists. Since that time, the “mad cow” crisis has put prion diseases on the agenda of both politicians and the media. Significant progress has been made in prion disease research, and many aspects of prion pathogenesis are now understood. And yet the diagnostic procedures available for prion diseases are not nearly as sensitive as they ought to be, and no therapeutic intervention has been shown to reliably affect the course of the diseases. This article reviews recent progress in the areas of pathogenesis of, diagnostics of, and therapy for prion diseases and highlights some conspicuous problems that remain to be addressed in each of these fields. PMID:15254579

  17. Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: A short review.

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    Zhang, Chi-Hao; Yu, Ji-Wei; Luo, Meng

    Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (MCPM) is a rare neoplasm, predominantly affecting female patients during their reproductive years. The lesion is usually distributed diffusely in the abdomen and pelvis, but the peritoneum of the pelvic organs is the most common site. MCPM is composed of fluid-filled translucent cysts, connected by varying amounts of fibrous tissue, and lined by a layer of mesothelial cells. Because of the rarity of this disease, the pathogenesis and natural history of MCPM remain poorly understood and continuously debated. Some authors consider it to be a reactive process for its association with prior surgery or abdominal inflammation. But its high rate of local-regional recurrence, as well as its malignant potential, suggests a neoplastic etiology. Preoperative diagnosis is often very difficult. Imaging methods, such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, are of little value for an accurate diagnosis of MCPM. The definitive diagnosis relies on histologic examination of target lesions combined with immunohistochemical stains. There is no consensus on the clinical management of MCPM, although surgical removal remains the first-line treatment of choice. But no standards have been reached concerning which surgical options-traditional debulking surgery or more aggressive one-should be chosen. Alternative therapeutic approaches include hand-off treatment, hormonal supplementation, laser vaporization, and sclerotherapy, and they all come with uncertain results. Moreover, the lesions show no response to adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This article aimed to focus on those controversial problems in pathogenesis, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment strategies to help medical workers to better understand this rare disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Problems during orthognathic surgery resulting from errors in diagnostic wax bite.

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    Agbaje, Jimoh Olubanwo; Sun, Yi; Lambrichts, Ivo; Politis, Constantinus

    2013-05-01

    There are many problems associated with model surgery and splint fabrication, and they can directly affect the results of surgery. An erroneous diagnostic wax bite can lead to improper positioning of the upper jaw during bimaxillary surgery. In addition, postoperative malocclusions that are out of orthodontic range often are initiated perioperatively by insufficient surgical control over interdigitation, overjet, overbite, and control of the midlines. The objectives of this study were to investigate whether wax bites can be used effectively in patients undergoing bimaxillary operations. In 5 (10%) of 50 patients, the wax bite did not fit properly. Based on these preliminary results, we believe it would be prudent to build safety measures into the treatment of patients who require bimaxillary surgery. If the wax bite does not fit properly at the beginning of surgery, navigation tools could be used to overcome inaccuracies resulting from the wax bite.

  19. [Nasal extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma: terminologic evaluation and diagnostic problems].

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    Wang, Zhibin

    2010-09-01

    To review on the evolution in the understanding of midline destructive lesions of the sinonasal tract in different period, and to describe the clinical features and diagnostic problems on the nasal extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma (NENKTCL). To retrospectively study the nasal CT scannings and the results of serum ANCA of 10 patients with typical clinical characteristics. All patients presented with the symptoms of the nasal obstruction and the nasal discharge. Epistaxis and facial swelling were in the clinical spectrum. Nasal endoscopy and CT scan of paranasal sinuses showed destructive sinonasal lesions. Ten patients were finally diagnosed as having NENKTCL by the pathologic findings combined with immunohistochemical phenotyping. Clinically, Nasal lesions in the cases were similar to those from historical nomenclature. Outdated terminology referring to midline lesions includes a variety of diseases, and NENKTCL is an independent disease focusing on destructive lesions of face and nose.

  20. Development and application of fluorescent diagnostics to fundamental droplet and spray problems

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    Melton, Lynn A.

    1994-09-01

    This final report describes work carried out under ARO grant DAALO3-91-G-0033 for the development and application of fluorescent diagnostics to fundamental droplet problems. Particular emphasis has been placed on attempts to understand the heating, evaporation, and internal circulation processes of sub-millimeter droplets. At the University of Texas at Dallas, a new type of exciplex fluorescence thermometer, based on the temperature dependent shift of the exciplex band, has been developed and applied to thermometry of evaporating droplets and surface liquids. Algorithms and programs have been developed and disseminated for the correction of 'droplet slicing images' (DSI) for the effects of refraction by the front hemisphere of the droplet. At United Technologies Research Center, DSI techniques have been used to demonstrate unequivocally that aerodynamic shear can induce internal circulation in sub-millimeter droplets and to show that droplets rotate and interact with the surrounding gas phase flow field.

  1. Method for Evaluating Information to Solve Problems of Control, Monitoring and Diagnostics

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    Vasil'ev, V. A.; Dobrynina, N. V.

    2017-06-01

    The article describes a method for evaluating information to solve problems of control, monitoring and diagnostics. It is necessary for reducing the dimensionality of informational indicators of situations, bringing them to relative units, for calculating generalized information indicators on their basis, ranking them by characteristic levels, for calculating the efficiency criterion of a system functioning in real time. The design of information evaluation system has been developed on its basis that allows analyzing, processing and assessing information about the object. Such object can be a complex technical, economic and social system. The method and the based system thereof can find a wide application in the field of analysis, processing and evaluation of information on the functioning of the systems, regardless of their purpose, goals, tasks and complexity. For example, they can be used to assess the innovation capacities of industrial enterprises and management decisions.

  2. Novel computer-aided diagnosis of mesothelioma using nuclear structure of mesothelial cells in effusion cytology specimens

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    Tosun, Akif Burak; Yergiyev, Oleksandr; Kolouri, Soheil; Silverman, Jan F.; Rohde, Gustavo K.

    2014-03-01

    diagnostic standard is a pleural biopsy with subsequent histologic examination of the tissue demonstrating invasion by the tumor. The diagnostic tissue is obtained through thoracoscopy or open thoracotomy, both being highly invasive procedures. Thoracocenthesis, or removal of effusion fluid from the pleural space, is a far less invasive procedure that can provide material for cytological examination. However, it is insufficient to definitively confirm or exclude the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, since tissue invasion cannot be determined. In this study, we present a computerized method to detect and classify malignant mesothelioma based on the nuclear chromatin distribution from digital images of mesothelial cells in effusion cytology specimens. Our method aims at determining whether a set of nuclei belonging to a patient, obtained from effusion fluid images using image segmentation, is benign or malignant, and has a potential to eliminate the need for tissue biopsy. This method is performed by quantifying chromatin morphology of cells using the optimal transportation (Kantorovich-Wasserstein) metric in combination with the modified Fisher discriminant analysis, a k-nearest neighborhood classification, and a simple voting strategy. Our results show that we can classify the data of 10 different human cases with 100% accuracy after blind cross validation. We conclude that nuclear structure alone contains enough information to classify the malignant mesothelioma. We also conclude that the distribution of chromatin seems to be a discriminating feature between nuclei of benign and malignant mesothelioma cells.

  3. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in Italy

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    Bianchi, Claudio; Bianchi, Tommaso

    2009-01-01

    This study reviews a series of 811 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases, diagnosed at hospitals in Trieste and Monfalcone districts of north eastern Italy, a narrow coastal strip with a population of about three lakh, in the period 1968-2008. The diagnosis was based on histological examination in 801 cases, and cytological findings in 10. Necropsy was performed in 610 cases. Occupational histories were obtained directly from the patients or their relatives through personal or telephone interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 500 cases. In 143 cases asbestos bodies were isolated and counted by chemical digestion of the lung tissue using the Smith-Naylor method. The series included 717 men and 94 women aged between 32 and 93 years (mean 69.2 years). Detailed occupational data was obtained for 732 cases. The majority of patients had marine jobs - shipbuilding (449 cases), maritime trades (56 cases), and port activities (39 cases). The nature of work of other patients included a variety of occupations, with non-shipbuilding industries being the most common. Thirty-four women cleaned the work clothes of family members occupationally exposed and hence had a history of asbestos exposure at home. Most of the patients had their first exposure to asbestos before 1960. The latency period ranged between 13 and 73 years (mean 48.2). Latency period among insulators and dock workers were shorter than other categories. Asbestos bodies were detected on routine lung sections in 343 cases (68.6%). Lung asbestos body burdens after isolation ranged between two to 10 millions bodies per gram of dried tissue. Despite some limitations in the use of asbestos in this area since the 1970s, the incidence of tumor remained high during the last years. PMID:20386624

  4. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in Italy.

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    Bianchi, Claudio; Bianchi, Tommaso

    2009-08-01

    This study reviews a series of 811 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases, diagnosed at hospitals in Trieste and Monfalcone districts of north eastern Italy, a narrow coastal strip with a population of about three lakh, in the period 1968-2008. The diagnosis was based on histological examination in 801 cases, and cytological findings in 10. Necropsy was performed in 610 cases. Occupational histories were obtained directly from the patients or their relatives through personal or telephone interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 500 cases. In 143 cases asbestos bodies were isolated and counted by chemical digestion of the lung tissue using the Smith-Naylor method. The series included 717 men and 94 women aged between 32 and 93 years (mean 69.2 years). Detailed occupational data was obtained for 732 cases.The majority of patients had marine jobs - shipbuilding (449 cases), maritime trades (56 cases), and port activities (39 cases). The nature of work of other patients included a variety of occupations, with non-shipbuilding industries being the most common. Thirty-four women cleaned the work clothes of family members occupationally exposed and hence had a history of asbestos exposure at home. Most of the patients had their first exposure to asbestos before 1960. The latency period ranged between 13 and 73 years (mean 48.2). Latency period among insulators and dock workers were shorter than other categories. Asbestos bodies were detected on routine lung sections in 343 cases (68.6%). Lung asbestos body burdens after isolation ranged between two to 10 millions bodies per gram of dried tissue. Despite some limitations in the use of asbestos in this area since the 1970s, the incidence of tumor remained high during the last years.

  5. Epidemiology of Environmental Exposure and Malignant Mesothelioma.

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    Liu, Bian; van Gerwen, Maaike; Bonassi, Stefano; Taioli, Emanuela

    2017-07-01

    Although the association between exposure to asbestos and malignant mesothelioma (particularly malignant pleural mesothelioma) has been well established, the health impact of environmental exposure (EE) to asbestos has been less studied. This review summarizes the most recent studies on the association between malignant mesothelioma and EE with asbestos to identify features associated with EE and quantify the association with malignant mesothelioma. There were 44 studies from 18 countries that met our selection criteria, with a considerable amount of heterogeneity in their study design, measures of exposure, and health outcomes. The male-to-female ratio was close to or less than 1 and generally lower than the ratio reported when both occupational and environmental exposures were considered. Although recent studies have continued to improve our understanding of environmental exposure to asbestos, challenges remain. We have highlighted a few new research directions, such as a need for reliable matrices to identify common and less recognized types of EE, asbestos biomarker studies specifically focusing on EE, and research on populations and geographic areas that have not been previously studied. Copyright © 2017 International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Malignant mesothelioma: attributable risk of asbestos exposure.

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    Spirtas, R; Heineman, E F; Bernstein, L; Beebe, G W; Keehn, R J; Stark, A; Harlow, B L; Benichou, J

    1994-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--To evaluate a case-control study of malignant mesothelioma through patterns of exposure to asbestos based upon information from telephone interviews with next of kin. METHODS--Potential cases, identified from medical files and death certificates, included all people diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and registered during 1975-1980 by the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program, the New York State Cancer Registry (excluding New York City), and 39 large Veterans Administration hospitals. Cases whose diagnosis was confirmed in a special pathology review as definite or probable mesothelioma (n = 208) were included in the analysis. Controls (n = 533) had died of other causes, excluding cancer, respiratory disease, suicide, or violence. Direct exposure to asbestos was determined from responses to three types of questions: specific queries as to any exposure to asbestos; occupational or non-vocational participation in any of nine specific activities thought to entail exposure to asbestos; and analysis of life-time work histories. Indirect exposures were assessed through residential histories and reported contact with family members exposed to asbestos. RESULTS--Among men with pleural mesothelioma the attributable risk (AR) for exposure to asbestos was 88% (95% confidence interval (95% CI) 76-95%). For men, the AR of peritoneal cancer was 58% (95% CI 20-89%). For women (both sites combined), the AR was 23% (95% CI 3-72%). The large differences in AR by sex are compatible with the explanations: a lower background incidence rate in women, lower exposure to asbestos, and greater misclassification among women. CONCLUSIONS--Most of the pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas in the men studied were attributable to exposure to asbestos. The situation in women was less definitive. PMID:7849863

  7. Helping Learners Gain Diagnostic Problem Solving Skills: Specific Aspects of the Diagnostic Pathfinder Software Tied to Learning Outcomes

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    Danielson, Jared; Bender, Holly; Mills, Erik; Vermeer, Pamela; Preast, Vanessa

    2004-01-01

    Problem solving is of critical importance in many disciplines. In medicine, the clinician's ability to arrive at the correct diagnosis often means the difference between life and death. Despite its importance and a significant amount of research regarding how to improve problem solving, few unambiguous answers have emerged for promoting problem…

  8. Benign Cystic Mesothelioma: A Rare Cause for Scrotal Swelling

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    Aber, A.; Tahir, A.; Arumuham, V.; Smith, G.; Almpanis, S.

    2012-01-01

    Benign cystic mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis is a rare occurrence. It usually presents with painless gradual swelling in the scrotum. These types of benign mesotheliomas typically occur in the peritoneum and usually affect young to middle-aged patients. We present in this case an unusual case of benign cystic mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis in a 77-year-old male patient. PMID:22675366

  9. CD30 is a potential therapeutic target in malignant mesothelioma

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    Dabir, Snehal; Kresak, Adam; Yang, Michael; Fu, Pingfu; Wildey, Gary; Dowlati, Afshin

    2015-01-01

    CD30 is a cytokine receptor belonging to the tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFRSF8) that acts as a regulator of apoptosis. The presence of CD30 antigen is important in the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease and anaplastic large cell lymphoma. There have been sporadic reports of CD30 expression in non-lymphoid tumors, including malignant mesothelioma. Given the remarkable success of brentuximab vedotin, an antibody-drug conjugate directed against CD30 antigen, in lymphoid malignancies, we undertook a study to examine the incidence of CD30 in mesothelioma and to investigate the ability to target CD30 antigen in mesothelioma. Mesothelioma tumor specimens (N = 83) were examined for CD30 expression by immunohistochemistry. Positive CD30 expression was noted in 13 mesothelioma specimens, primarily those of epithelial histology. There was no significant correlation of CD30 positivity with either tumor grade, stage or survival. Examination of four mesothelioma cell lines (H28, H2052, H2452, and 211H) for CD30 expression by both FACS analysis and confocal microscopy showed that CD30 antigen localized to the cell membrane. Brentuximab vedotin treatment of cultured mesothelioma cells produced a dose-dependent decrease in cell growth and viability at clinically relevant concentrations. Our studies validate the presence of CD30 antigen in a subgroup of epithelial-type mesothelioma tumors and indicate that selected mesothelioma patients may derive benefit from brentuximab vedotin treatment. PMID:25589494

  10. The vector homology problem in diagnostic nucleic acid hybridization of clinical specimens.

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    Ambinder, R F; Charache, P; Staal, S; Wright, P; Forman, M; Hayward, S D; Hayward, G S

    1986-01-01

    Nucleic acid hybridization techniques using cloned probes are finding application in assays of clinical specimens in research and diagnostic laboratories. The probes that we and others have used are recombinant plasmids composed of viral inserts and bacterial plasmid vectors such as pBR322. We suspected that there was material homologous to pBR322 present in many clinical samples. because hybridization occurred in samples which lacked evidence of virus by other techniques. If the presence of this vector-homologous material was unrecognized, hybridization in the test sample might erroneously be interpreted as indicating the presence of viral sequences. In this paper we demonstrate specific hybridization of labeled pBR322 DNA with DNA from various clinical samples. Evidence is presented that nonspecific probe trapping could not account for this phenomenon. In mixing experiments, it is shown that contamination of clinical samples with bacteria would explain such a result. Approaches tested to circumvent this problem included the use of isolated insert probes, alternate cloning vectors, and cold competitor pBR322 DNA in prehybridization and hybridization mixes. None proved entirely satisfactory. We therefore emphasize that it is essential that all hybridization detection systems use a control probe of the vector alone in order to demonstrate the absence of material with vector homology in the specimen tested. Images PMID:3013928

  11. Specific expression of human intelectin-1 in malignant pleural mesothelioma and gastrointestinal goblet cells.

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    Washimi, Kota; Yokose, Tomoyuki; Yamashita, Makiko; Kageyama, Taihei; Suzuki, Katsuo; Yoshihara, Mitsuyo; Miyagi, Yohei; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Tsuji, Shoutaro

    2012-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a fatal tumor. It is often hard to discriminate MPM from metastatic tumors of other types because currently, there are no reliable immunopathological markers for MPM. MPM is differentially diagnosed by some immunohistochemical tests on pathology specimens. In the present study, we investigated the expression of intelectin-1, a new mesothelioma marker, in normal tissues in the whole body and in many cancers, including MPM, by immunohistochemical analysis. We found that in normal tissues, human intelectin-1 was mainly secreted from gastrointestinal goblet cells along with mucus into the intestinal lumen, and it was also expressed, to a lesser extent, in mesothelial cells and urinary epithelial cells. Eighty-eight percent of epithelioid-type MPMs expressed intelectin-1, whereas sarcomatoid-type MPMs, biphasic MPMs, and poorly differentiated MPMs were rarely positive for intelectin-1. Intelectin-1 was not expressed in other cancers, except in mucus-producing adenocarcinoma. These results suggest that intelectin-1 is a better marker for epithelioid-type MPM than other mesothelioma markers because of its specificity and the simplicity of pathological assessment. Pleural intelectin-1 could be a useful diagnostic marker for MPM with applications in histopathological identification of MPM.

  12. Specific Expression of Human Intelectin-1 in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Gastrointestinal Goblet Cells

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    Washimi, Kota; Yokose, Tomoyuki; Yamashita, Makiko; Kageyama, Taihei; Suzuki, Katsuo; Yoshihara, Mitsuyo; Miyagi, Yohei; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Tsuji, Shoutaro

    2012-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a fatal tumor. It is often hard to discriminate MPM from metastatic tumors of other types because currently, there are no reliable immunopathological markers for MPM. MPM is differentially diagnosed by some immunohistochemical tests on pathology specimens. In the present study, we investigated the expression of intelectin-1, a new mesothelioma marker, in normal tissues in the whole body and in many cancers, including MPM, by immunohistochemical analysis. We found that in normal tissues, human intelectin-1 was mainly secreted from gastrointestinal goblet cells along with mucus into the intestinal lumen, and it was also expressed, to a lesser extent, in mesothelial cells and urinary epithelial cells. Eighty-eight percent of epithelioid-type MPMs expressed intelectin-1, whereas sarcomatoid-type MPMs, biphasic MPMs, and poorly differentiated MPMs were rarely positive for intelectin-1. Intelectin-1 was not expressed in other cancers, except in mucus-producing adenocarcinoma. These results suggest that intelectin-1 is a better marker for epithelioid-type MPM than other mesothelioma markers because of its specificity and the simplicity of pathological assessment. Pleural intelectin-1 could be a useful diagnostic marker for MPM with applications in histopathological identification of MPM. PMID:22768319

  13. Glycodelin is a potential novel follow-up biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Schneider, Marc A.; Muley, Thomas; Kahn, Nicolas C.; Warth, Arne; Thomas, Michael; Herth, Felix J.F.; Dienemann, Hendrik; Meister, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive tumor with a short survival time arising from the mesothelial cells of the pleura. Soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP), osteopontin or EFEMP1 (Fibulin-3) are well described biomarkers for malignant mesothelioma with moderate sensitivity and specificity. In this study, we characterized the expression of glycodelin, a marker for risk pregnancy, in MPM by RNA and protein analyses and investigated its potential as a MPM biomarker. We were able to detect glycodelin in the serum of MPM patients. Compared to benign lung diseases, the serum levels were significant increased. Patients with high glycodelin serum levels revealed a worse overall survival. The glycodelin serum levels correlated with the tumor response to treatment. A comparison of SMRP and glycodelin serum measurement in a large patient cohort demonstrated that the detection of both soluble factors can increase the reliable diagnostic of MPM. Glycodelin was highly expressed in MPM tumors. Analyses of a tissue micro array indicated that the immunomodulatory form glycodelin A was expressed in MPM and correlated with the survival of the patients. Altogether, glycodelin seems to be a new potential biomarker for the aggressive malignant pleural mesothelioma. PMID:27713145

  14. The Development of Diagnostic Competence: A Comparison between a Problem-Based, an Integrated, and a Conventional Medical Curriculum.

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    Schmidt, Henk G.; And Others

    This study compared the diagnostic performance of 612 second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-year students from three Dutch medical schools who were educated in either a problem-based, an integrative, or a conventional curriculum. The students were presented with 30 carefully selected clinical cases to diagnose. The study found that, overall,…

  15. Reliability and Validity of a Procedure To Measure Diagnostic Reasoning and Problem-Solving Skills Taught in Predoctoral Orthodontic Education.

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    Albanese, Mark A.; Jacobs, Richard M.

    Preliminary psychometric data assessing the reliability and validity of a method used to measure the diagnostic reasoning and problem-solving skills of predoctoral students in orthodontia are described. The measurement approach consisted of sets of patient demographic data and dental photos and x-rays, accompanied by a set of 33 multiple-choice…

  16. Self-Instructional Methods of Teaching Diagnostic Problem Solving to Automotive Students. Vocational-Industrial Education Research Report.

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    Finch, Curtis R.

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of three methods of teaching diagnostic problem-solving (troubleshooting) to automotive students. The sample consisted of 45 community college students enrolled in automotive courses. Initially, all students received a presentation on ignition principles, and the Otis Mental Ability Test…

  17. PAX8 reliably distinguishes ovarian serous tumors from malignant mesothelioma.

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    Laury, Anna R; Hornick, Jason L; Perets, Ruth; Krane, Jeffrey F; Corson, Joseph; Drapkin, Ronny; Hirsch, Michelle S

    2010-05-01

    Ovarian serous neoplasms can have morphologic overlap with malignant mesothelioma. The distinction is clinically important, yet most studies have failed to identify immunostains that reliably distinguish these 2 tumor types. Recently, transcription factor PAX8 was shown to be a sensitive and relatively specific marker for Müllerian tumors. In addition, some studies suggest that h-caldesmon is sensitive and specific for mesothelioma when compared with serous ovarian tumors. The goal of this study was to evaluate whether PAX8 and h-caldesmon expression can successfully distinguish mesothelioma from serous ovarian tumors. Immunohistochemistry was carried out using PAX8 and h-caldesmon antibodies on archival tissue from 254 ovarian serous tumors and 50 mesothelial tumors. Nuclear and cytoplasmic immunoreactivity were considered positive for PAX8 and h-caldesmon, respectively. PAX8 staining was present in 99% of high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas and all (100%) low-grade ovarian carcinomas and serous borderline tumors; however, only 74% of these cases (188/254) were diffusely positive in more than 50% of tumors cells, and intensity ranged from strong to weak. None of the pleural malignant mesotheliomas were reactive with PAX8. However, 2/23 (9%) peritoneal malignant mesotheliomas showed focal and/or weak staining for PAX8; the remaining cases were negative. Two well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas and 1 multicystic mesothelioma each showed some staining for PAX8. h-caldesmon was negative in all serous neoplasms and all mesothelial neoplasms, except 1 pleural malignant mesothelioma which showed patchy immunoreactivity. Strong PAX8 staining is highly specific (P<0.00001) for ovarian serous tumors when compared with malignant mesotheliomas of the peritoneum and pleura. The presence of weak staining for PAX8 in the 3 "noninvasive" mesotheliomas questions the use for PAX8 in this differential diagnosis. On the basis of this study, h-caldesmon is not a useful marker

  18. Remote Recurrence of Benign Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

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    Lee, Caroline E; Agrawal, Anita

    2017-07-18

    Benign peritoneal cystic mesothelioma (BPCM) is a rare disease entity that arises from mesothelioma cells. We describe a rare case of BPCM recurrence 36 years after its initial presentation. A 62-year-old woman was referred to an outpatient gynaecologic oncology clinic with an incidental finding of multiple pelvic cysts. She had a preceding history of known BPCM treated with extensive debulking surgery. She presented after 36 years of clinical remission. A repeat laparotomy for a debulking surgical procedure confirmed a recurrence of BPCM. Our current case represents a woman with a remote recurrence of BPCM after initial optimal debulking surgery. Her clinical presentation of recurrence after 36 years illustrates the need for long-term follow-up and clinical suspicion in symptomatic patients with previously diagnosed BPCM. Crown Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Life Expectancy in Pleural and Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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    Vavra-Musser, Kate; Lee, Jessica; Brooks, Jordan

    2017-01-01

    Background. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with a historically dire prognosis. We sought to calculate life expectancies for patients with pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma, both at time of diagnosis and several years later, and to examine whether survival has improved in recent years. Methods. Data on 10,258 pleural and 1,229 peritoneal patients from the SEER US national cancer database, 1973–2011, were analyzed using the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Results. The major factors related to survival were age, sex, stage, grade, histology, and treatment. Survival improved only modestly over the study period: 0.5% per year for pleural and 2% for peritoneal. Conclusions. Life expectancies were markedly reduced from normal, even amongst 5-year survivors with the most favorable characteristics and treatment options. PMID:28239496

  20. Detection of malignant mesothelioma using nuclear structure of mesothelial cells in effusion cytology specimens.

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    Tosun, Akif Burak; Yergiyev, Oleksandr; Kolouri, Soheil; Silverman, Jan F; Rohde, Gustavo K

    2015-04-01

    Mesothelioma is a form of cancer generally caused from previous exposure to asbestos. Although it was considered a rare neoplasm in the past, its incidence is increasing worldwide due to extensive use of asbestos. In the current practice of medicine, the gold standard for diagnosing mesothelioma is through a pleural biopsy with subsequent histologic examination of the tissue. The diagnostic tissue should demonstrate the invasion by the tumor and is obtained through thoracoscopy or open thoracotomy, both being highly invasive surgical operations. On the other hand, thoracocentesis, which is removal of effusion fluid from the pleural space, is a far less invasive procedure that can provide material for cytological examination. In this study, we aim at detecting and classifying malignant mesothelioma based on the nuclear chromatin distribution from digital images of mesothelial cells in effusion cytology specimens. Accordingly, a computerized method is developed to determine whether a set of nuclei belonging to a patient is benign or malignant. The quantification of chromatin distribution is performed by using the optimal transport-based linear embedding for segmented nuclei in combination with the modified Fisher discriminant analysis. Classification is then performed through a k-nearest neighborhood approach and a basic voting strategy. Our experiments on 34 different human cases result in 100% accurate predictions computed with blind cross validation. Experimental comparisons also show that the new method can significantly outperform standard numerical feature-type methods in terms of agreement with the clinical diagnosis gold standard. According to our results, we conclude that nuclear structure of mesothelial cells alone may contain enough information to separate malignant mesothelioma from benign mesothelial proliferations. © 2015 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

  1. Peritoneal mesothelioma: the site of origin matters.

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    Kindler, Hedy Lee

    2013-01-01

    The etiology, gender distribution, pathology, natural history, and treatment options for mesothelioma (MM) differ substantially depending on the site of origin. Peritoneal mesothelioma (MPeM) is a rare disease, comprising only approximately 10% to 15% of the 2,500 cases of MM diagnosed in the United States each year. Patients with MPeM are younger than patients with pleural MM, and a higher proportion, mostly women, are long-term survivors. Most MPeM is caused by asbestos exposure. Germ-line mutations of BAP1 (BRCA associated protein 1) can predispose to MM, uveal melanoma, and potentially other cancers. MPeM can be challenging to diagnose, and cytology is rarely helpful. Review by an experienced pathologist using a panel of at least two positive and two negative immunohistochemical stains is essential. The three major pathologic subtypes are epithelial, sarcomatoid, and biphasic. Most cases are epithelial; the others have a dismal prognosis. Two indolent subtypes of borderline malignant potential-well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma and benign multicystic mesothelioma-are more common in the peritoneum and are treated surgically. In highly selected patients receiving treatment at experienced referral centers, an aggressive locoregional strategy that combines cytoreductive surgery to remove all gross disease and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy to treat residual microscopic tumors yields a 3-year survival of 60% and a median survival approaching 5 years, far better than expected from historic controls. This approach also provides durable palliation of malignant ascites in nearly all patients. Pemetrexed is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved systemic chemotherapy for pleural MM. Largely on the basis of data from pharmaceutical registry studies, the activity of pemetrexed-based chemotherapy appears to be similar in pleural MM and MPeM.

  2. Erionite exposure and mesotheliomas in rats.

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    Wagner, J. C.; Skidmore, J. W.; Hill, R. J.; Griffiths, D. M.

    1985-01-01

    Epidemiological and environmental surveys in the Cappadocian region of Turkey have linked the high incidence of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma in the occupants of some villages with the zeolite fibres released from the locally occurring volcanic tuff. In view of the low ambient fibre concentrations and the extraordinary incidence of mesothelioma a study to test the hypothesis of high biological activity for the zeolite fibres was required. Experimental studies using both intrapleural inoculation and inhalation techniques have been undertaken with the erionite from this region and from Oregon in the United States. Additionally a non-fibrous zeolite from Japan and a synthetic non-fibrous zeolite of similar chemical composition to erionite have been included in the experiments. In these studies the samples from Oregon and Turkey produced a very high incidence of tumours. All the rats inoculated intrapleurally with Oregon erionite and almost all those inoculated with the Turkish fibre died with a mesothelioma. Inhalation of the Oregon erionite induced a similar effect. No other dusts we have investigated have produced this high incidence of tumours particularly following inhalation. These studies demonstrate that we now have a valuable new fibre for experimental study and a possible hazard to man in regions other then Turkey. PMID:2986668

  3. Diagnosis and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Rodríguez Panadero, Francisco

    2015-04-01

    There are three major challenges in the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma: mesothelioma must be distinguished from benign mesothelial hyperplasia; malignant mesothelioma (and its subtypes) must be distinguished from metastatic carcinoma; and invasion of structures adjacent to the pleura must be demonstrated. The basis for clarifying the first two aspects is determination of a panel of monoclonal antibodies with appropriate immunohistochemical evaluation performed by highly qualified experts. Clarification of the third aspect requires sufficiently abundant, deep biopsy material, for which thoracoscopy is the technique of choice. Video-assisted needle biopsy with real-time imaging can be of great assistance when there is diffuse nodal thickening and scant or absent effusion. Given the difficulties of reaching an early diagnosis, cure is not generally achieved with radical surgery (pleuropneumonectomy), so liberation of the tumor mass with pleurectomy/decortication combined with chemo- or radiation therapy (multimodal treatment) has been gaining followers in recent years. In cases in which surgery is not feasible, chemotherapy (a combination of pemetrexed and platinum-derived compounds, in most cases) with pleurodesis or a tunneled pleural drainage catheter, if control of pleural effusion is required, can be considered. Radiation therapy is reserved for treatment of pain associated with infiltration of the chest wall or any other neighboring structure. In any case, comprehensive support treatment for pain control in specialist units is essential: this acquires particular significance in this type of malignancy.

  4. Malignant Mesothelioma of the Epididymis: A Case Report.

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    Robinson, Jed C; DeFranco, John N; Hollowell, Courtney M P

    2014-10-01

    Malignant mesothelioma of the epididymis is a very rare tumor. We report a case of a 33-year old male with a left hydrocele that presented for evaluation of infertility. Scrotal ultrasound revealed a left extratesticular mass. Final pathology revealed malignant mesothelioma involving the epididymis, with well differentiated epithelioid morphology. Metastatic workup was negative.

  5. Malignant Mesothelioma of the Epididymis: A Case Report

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    Robinson, Jed C.; DeFranco, John N.; Hollowell, Courtney M. P.

    2014-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma of the epididymis is a very rare tumor. We report a case of a 33-year old male with a left hydrocele that presented for evaluation of infertility. Scrotal ultrasound revealed a left extratesticular mass. Final pathology revealed malignant mesothelioma involving the epididymis, with well differentiated epithelioid morphology. Metastatic workup was negative. PMID:26195956

  6. Pleural Mesothelioma Presenting as Periumbilical Metastasis: The First Clinical Documentation

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    Falkenstern-Ge, R. F.; Kimmich, M.; Bode-Erdmann, S.; Friedel, G.; Ott, G.; Kohlhäufl, M.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction. Pleural mesothelioma with metastasis to the subcutaneous tissue of the abdominal wall at first diagnosis and without penetration into the peritoneum is an extremely rare clinical presentation. Methods. Patients with pleural mesothelioma have low survival rate. Usually, the disease at presentation is confined to its site of origin (most often the pleural cavity). A 55-year-old man was referred to our center due to increasing dyspnea and a painful periumbilical mass in the anterior abdominal wall. CT scan revealed both advanced mesothelioma of the pleura and a tumor mass confined to the subcutaneous fatty tissue without penetration through the peritoneum. Results. Video-assisted thoracoscopy confirmed the diagnosis of epithelioid pleural mesothelioma, which was also confirmed by a biopsy of the periumbilical mass. Systemic chemotherapy with cisplatin and pemetrexed was initiated. Under the ongoing systemic chemotherapy, the evaluation revealed partial remission of pleura mesothelioma and its subcutaneous manifestation of the abdominal wall. Conclusion. Mesothelioma of the pleura with a simultaneous metastasis to the subcutaneous fatty tissue of the abdominal wall at presentation without penetration of peritoneum is a rare clinical presentation of mesothelioma disease. The knowledge of its natural history is very limited. This is the first ever clinical documentation of a patient with pleura mesothelioma and simultaneous subcutaneous manifestation of abdominal wall. PMID:23691382

  7. Intercellular communication in malignant pleural mesothelioma: properties of tunneling nanotubes

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    Ady, Justin W.; Desir, Snider; Thayanithy, Venugopal; Vogel, Rachel I.; Moreira, André L.; Downey, Robert J.; Fong, Yuman; Manova-Todorova, Katia; Moore, Malcolm A. S.; Lou, Emil

    2014-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive and locally invasive malignancy with a poor prognosis despite advances in understanding of cancer cell biology and development of new therapies. At the cellular level, cultured mesothelioma cells present a mesenchymal appearance and a strong capacity for local cellular invasion. One important but underexplored area of mesothelioma cell biology is intercellular communication. Our group has previously characterized in multiple histological subtypes of mesothelioma a unique cellular protrusion known as tunneling nanotubes (TnTs). TnTs are long, actin filament-based, narrow cytoplasmic extensions that are non-adherent when cultured in vitro and are capable of shuttling cellular cargo between connected cells. Our prior work confirmed the presence of nanotube structures in tumors resected from patients with human mesothelioma. In our current study, we quantified the number of TnTs/cell among various mesothelioma subtypes and normal mesothelial cells using confocal microscopic techniques. We also examined changes in TnT length over time in comparison to cell proliferation. We further examined potential approaches to the in vivo study of TnTs in animal models of cancer. We have developed novel approaches to study TnTs in aggressive solid tumor malignancies and define fundamental characteristics of TnTs in malignant mesothelioma. There is mounting evidence that TnTs play an important role in intercellular communication in mesothelioma and thus merit further investigation of their role in vivo. PMID:25400582

  8. Thermal Processes of the Isolating Materials in Problems of Nondestructive Diagnostics of the Main and Distributive Power Stations

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    Dubyago, M. N.; Poluyanovich, N. K.

    2017-09-01

    Methods of calculation of thermal processes of the isolating materials are considered, in problems of nondestructive diagnostics of the main and distributive power stations. Theoretical justification of calculation of thermal processes of the multilayered isolating structure was given. On the basis of the analysis of results of operation, service life, physical processes of “ageing” and use of diagnostic parameters of the isolating structure characteristics of resistance of the equipment to refusal are offered. Time of refusal and a residual service life allow to predict using of dependences of refusal resistance.

  9. Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: not always a benign disease.

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    Singh, Ashish; Chatterjee, Parangama; Pai, Mahesh Chandra; Chacko, Raju Titus

    2013-04-01

    Mesothelioma is a slow-growing insidious lesion of neoplastic aetiology arising from the pleural, peritoneal or pericardial mesothelium. It shows a predilection for the surfaces of the pelvic viscera and has a high rate of recurrence after excision. Cystic mesotheliomas are not associated with asbestos exposure. We report a case of cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum encasing the ovary, which presented as a cystic adnexal mass. As highlighted in this case and other recent reports, a cystic mesothelioma should not be referred to as a benign cystic mesothelioma, as it has potential for locoregional invasion, as well as distant nodal and serosal metastases. This tumour should be treated with aggressive cytoreductive surgery and appropriate chemotherapy. We review the differential diagnosis of this rare entity and suggest guidelines for its differentiation.

  10. Positive TTF-1 Expression in Malignant Mesothelioma: A Case Report

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    Richter, Georg; Heidersdorf, Holger; Hirschfeld, Dieter; Krebbel, Friedhelm

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Female, 70 Final Diagnosis: Malignant mesothelioma Symptoms: — Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Radiation/Chemotherapy Specialty: Oncology Objective: Rare co-existance of disease or pathology Background: The histopathological diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is based mainly on the immunohistological profile of the neoplasia, using different immunohistochemical markers to distinguish between a malignant mesothelioma and a carcinoma. Case Report: A female patient presented with a right paravertebral rapidly growing tumor and severe pain. Based on the immunohistochemical findings, we present the first case of a malignant mesothelioma with immunohistochemical expression of thyroid transcription factor-1. Conclusions: The detection of a positive reaction for thyroid transcription factor-1 in the tumor cells may not exclude a malignant mesothelioma. PMID:26939861

  11. Multicystic benign mesothelioma of the pelvic peritoneum presenting as acute abdominal pain in a young woman.

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    Hong, Jung-Hee; Jeon, Seob; Lee, Ji-Hye; Nam, Kye-Hyun; Bae, Dong-Han

    2013-03-01

    Multicystic benign mesothelioma (MBM) of the peritoneum is a very rare condition. Since the first description of MBM in 1979, approximately 100 cases have been reported. This is a case report of MBM of the pelvic peritoneum presenting as acute abdominal pain in a young woman. Laparoscopy confirmed multiple grapelike clusters of cysts that originated in the peritoneum of the rectouterine pouch and histopathologic diagnosis was confirmed as MBM of the pelvic peritoneum. We hope to alert gynaecologists of the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to MBM which can be accomplished by laparoscopy.

  12. Multicystic benign mesothelioma of the pelvic peritoneum presenting as acute abdominal pain in a young woman

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    Hong, Jung-Hee; Lee, Ji-Hye; Nam, Kye-Hyun; Bae, Dong-Han

    2013-01-01

    Multicystic benign mesothelioma (MBM) of the peritoneum is a very rare condition. Since the first description of MBM in 1979, approximately 100 cases have been reported. This is a case report of MBM of the pelvic peritoneum presenting as acute abdominal pain in a young woman. Laparoscopy confirmed multiple grapelike clusters of cysts that originated in the peritoneum of the rectouterine pouch and histopathologic diagnosis was confirmed as MBM of the pelvic peritoneum. We hope to alert gynaecologists of the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to MBM which can be accomplished by laparoscopy. PMID:24327991

  13. Teaching dual-process diagnostic reasoning to doctor of nursing practice students: problem-based learning and the illness script.

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    Durham, Catherine O; Fowler, Terri; Kennedy, Sally

    2014-11-01

    Accelerating the development of diagnostic reasoning skills for nurse practitioner students is high on the wish list of many faculty. The purpose of this article is to describe how the teaching strategy of problem-based learning (PBL) that drills the hypothetico-deductive or analytic reasoning process when combined with an assignment that fosters pattern recognition (a nonanalytic process) teaches and reinforces the dual process of diagnostic reasoning. In an online Doctor of Nursing Practice program, four PBL cases that start with the same symptom unfold over 2 weeks. These four cases follow different paths as they unfold leading to different diagnoses. Culminating each PBL case, a unique assignment called an illness script was developed to foster the development of pattern recognition. When combined with hypothetico-deductive reasoning drilled during the PBL case, students experience the dual process approach to diagnostic reasoning used by clinicians. Copyright 2014, SLACK Incorporated.

  14. Diffuse malignant epithelioid mesothelioma in a background of benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Mino, Jeffrey S; Monteiro, Rosebel; Pigalarga, Rodolfo; Varghese, Sumi; Guisto, Laura; Rezac, Craig

    2014-02-05

    Peritoneal mesotheliomas are unusual entities with diverse origins and outcomes. Both benign and malignant variants exist. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesotheliomas (BMPMs), also known as multiple or multilocular peritoneal inclusion cysts, are extremely rare tumours arising from the peritoneal mesothelium covering the abdominal serous cavity. Even though these entities are considered benign tumours, BMPMs tend to recur after surgical resection, and in two cases have been reported to undergo malignant transformation. In contrast, diffuse malignant peritoneal mesotheliomas, while also quite rare, are the second most common form of malignant mesothelioma after the pleural variety with extremely high mortality and poor response to many treatments to date. We present a rare case of diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma within a large component of a BMPM in a young man admitted to our service.

  15. Diffuse malignant epithelioid mesothelioma in a background of benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: a case report and review of the literature

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    Mino, Jeffrey S; Monteiro, Rosebel; Pigalarga, Rodolfo; Varghese, Sumi; Guisto, Laura; Rezac, Craig

    2014-01-01

    Peritoneal mesotheliomas are unusual entities with diverse origins and outcomes. Both benign and malignant variants exist. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesotheliomas (BMPMs), also known as multiple or multilocular peritoneal inclusion cysts, are extremely rare tumours arising from the peritoneal mesothelium covering the abdominal serous cavity. Even though these entities are considered benign tumours, BMPMs tend to recur after surgical resection, and in two cases have been reported to undergo malignant transformation. In contrast, diffuse malignant peritoneal mesotheliomas, while also quite rare, are the second most common form of malignant mesothelioma after the pleural variety with extremely high mortality and poor response to many treatments to date. We present a rare case of diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma within a large component of a BMPM in a young man admitted to our service. PMID:24501333

  16. Importance of shrinkage in empirical bayes estimates for diagnostics: problems and solutions.

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    Savic, Radojka M; Karlsson, Mats O

    2009-09-01

    Empirical Bayes ("post hoc") estimates (EBEs) of etas provide modelers with diagnostics: the EBEs themselves, individual prediction (IPRED), and residual errors (individual weighted residual (IWRES)). When data are uninformative at the individual level, the EBE distribution will shrink towards zero (eta-shrinkage, quantified as 1-SD(eta (EBE))/omega), IPREDs towards the corresponding observations, and IWRES towards zero (epsilon-shrinkage, quantified as 1-SD(IWRES)). These diagnostics are widely used in pharmacokinetic (PK) pharmacodynamic (PD) modeling; we investigate here their usefulness in the presence of shrinkage. Datasets were simulated from a range of PK PD models, EBEs estimated in non-linear mixed effects modeling based on the true or a misspecified model, and desired diagnostics evaluated both qualitatively and quantitatively. Identified consequences of eta-shrinkage on EBE-based model diagnostics include non-normal and/or asymmetric distribution of EBEs with their mean values ("ETABAR") significantly different from zero, even for a correctly specified model; EBE-EBE correlations and covariate relationships may be masked, falsely induced, or the shape of the true relationship distorted. Consequences of epsilon-shrinkage included low power of IPRED and IWRES to diagnose structural and residual error model misspecification, respectively. EBE-based diagnostics should be interpreted with caution whenever substantial eta- or epsilon-shrinkage exists (usually greater than 20% to 30%). Reporting the magnitude of eta- and epsilon-shrinkage will facilitate the informed use and interpretation of EBE-based diagnostics.

  17. Exploration of analysis methods for diagnostic imaging tests: problems with ROC AUC and confidence scores in CT colonography.

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    Mallett, Susan; Halligan, Steve; Collins, Gary S; Altman, Doug G

    2014-01-01

    Different methods of evaluating diagnostic performance when comparing diagnostic tests may lead to different results. We compared two such approaches, sensitivity and specificity with area under the Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve (ROC AUC) for the evaluation of CT colonography for the detection of polyps, either with or without computer assisted detection. In a multireader multicase study of 10 readers and 107 cases we compared sensitivity and specificity, using radiological reporting of the presence or absence of polyps, to ROC AUC calculated from confidence scores concerning the presence of polyps. Both methods were assessed against a reference standard. Here we focus on five readers, selected to illustrate issues in design and analysis. We compared diagnostic measures within readers, showing that differences in results are due to statistical methods. Reader performance varied widely depending on whether sensitivity and specificity or ROC AUC was used. There were problems using confidence scores; in assigning scores to all cases; in use of zero scores when no polyps were identified; the bimodal non-normal distribution of scores; fitting ROC curves due to extrapolation beyond the study data; and the undue influence of a few false positive results. Variation due to use of different ROC methods exceeded differences between test results for ROC AUC. The confidence scores recorded in our study violated many assumptions of ROC AUC methods, rendering these methods inappropriate. The problems we identified will apply to other detection studies using confidence scores. We found sensitivity and specificity were a more reliable and clinically appropriate method to compare diagnostic tests.

  18. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-07-01

    currently valid OMB control number. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. 05/22/2012 1. REPORT DATE ( DD -MM-YYYY) Annual 2. REPORT TYPE...Indeterminate DateApproved By*Service Service Approvals Alison L. KelleherInfectious Disease PCR 27 Sep 2011, 13:41 To assure the SPF status of your research

  19. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2012-07-01

    PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. 1. REPORT DATE ( DD -MM-YYYY) 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 4. TITLE AND...27 Sep 2011, 13:41 To assure the SPF status of your research animal colonies, it is essential that you understand the sources, pathobiology

  20. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2013-07-01

    of the experiment with all blood process for serum and frozen away. 5 As seen in Table 1, 2/3 of the animals that received the asbestos...preserved and frozen after processing for cells and fluid. The final necropsy on these animals was October 23 2012. Eight days later the entire

  1. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2014-07-01

    tissue and  small intestine      2. 20mL ascitic fluid collected 1. Milliary Tumors (.5 to 5mm)all over chest/ abdomen  and cirrohsial tumors...very few tumors reflected on  abdomen  lining                   2. "Floating Meso", saved sample      3. 1x5mm tumor under spleen and 5x5 tumor lining...Asbestos Study  Endpoint 180 g Yes 1. Miliary tumors spread over  abdomen                                                                                  2

  2. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2014-10-01

    carcinogenic form of asbestos, in time for an effective early intervention. Since such an immunosignature and the accompanying serum AGA immunoprofile reflect...control rats. Gemzar is an anti- cancer drug often used in MM treatment, and is known to have immunomodulatory effects . In this experiment we...investigated whether this immunomodulatory effect is detectable on the level of the AGA dynamics in healthy animals. Preparations for this study have been

  3. Glyco-Immune Diagnostic Signatures and Therapeutic Targets of Mesothelioma

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    2011-07-01

    quantified slide were kept and stored in a centralized, searchable, custom database. Records can be searched and sorted based on serum, slide barcode , date...a period when data consistency dropped sharply. The source of this inconsistency was determined to be caused by the microarray scanner . Once the

  4. Updates on Immunohistochemical and Molecular Markers in Selected Head and Neck Diagnostic Problems.

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    Yi, Chun-Hui; Jim Zhai, Qihui; Wang, Beverly Y

    2017-09-01

    - The head and neck regions have complex anatomic structures. They are not exempted from the rare occurrences of highly unusual, diagnostically challenging malignant neoplasms and mimickers. - To review and update the utility of immunohistochemistry and molecular biomarkers and to pursue diagnostic accuracy on selected rare neoplasms, especially some poorly differentiated malignancies. - Personal experience and information from the literature. - Head and neck tumors include neoplasms originating from heterogeneous tissue. Using the selected clinical cases, this review illustrates a continuous development of emerging molecular-genetic techniques to assist in the interpretation of uncommon, often poorly differentiated, highly malignant neoplasms. The diagnostic results are appropriately transmitted to the oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgeons to create a coordinated plan of care for patients with these unusual disorders affecting the head and neck.

  5. Benign Cystic Mesothelioma Misdiagnosed as Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

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    Shin, Hyun Deok; Kim, Suk Bae

    2016-01-01

    Benign cystic mesothelioma (BCM) is a rare benign disease that forms multicystic masses in the abdomen, pelvis, and retroperitoneum. It occurs predominantly in young to middle-aged women. The majority of cases were associated with a history of abdominal or pelvic operation, a history of endometriosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. We present a unique case of BCM which is different to the previous cases. The patient was a 52-year-old man showing features of peritoneal carcinomatosis accompanied by ascites on abdominal computed tomography scans. We herein report a case of BCM misdiagnosed with peritoneal carcinomatosis. PMID:27403112

  6. Computed tomography of localized pleural mesothelioma

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    Dedrick, C.G.; McLoud, T.C.; Shepard, J.O.; Shipley, R.T.

    1985-02-01

    The computed tomographic (CT) features of six pathologically proven cases of fibrous mesothelioma were reviewed. There were no pathognomonic CT characteristics, but in all cases CT suggested or supported the preoperative diagnosis. CT findings included well delineated, often lobulated, noncalcified soft-tissue masses in close relation to a pleural surface, associated crural thickening, and absence of chest wall invasion. An obtuse angle of the mass with respect to the pleural surface was not particularly useful. Rather, a smoothly tapering margin was more characteristic of a pleural lesion.

  7. Radiation therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Rosenzweig, K E; Giraud, P

    2017-02-01

    The treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma with radiation has always been a technical challenge. For many years, conventional radiation therapy was delivered after extrapleural pneumonectomy with acceptable results. Novel radiation treatment techniques, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) were introduced, but the early experience with IMRT demonstrated troubling toxicity. Recent reports from institutions have demonstrated that with greater experience, IMRT, both in the setting of extrapleural pneumonectomy or pleurectomy, can be delivered safely. A recent study, SAKK 17/04, questions the role of using radiation after extrapleural pneumonectomy.

  8. Non-asbestos-related malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Kanbay, Asiye; Ozer Simsek, Zuhal; Tutar, Nuri; Yılmaz, Insu; Buyukoglan, Hakan; Canoz, Ozlem; Demir, Ramazan

    2014-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an uncommon tumor derived from mesothelial lining cells. MPM has been described as an insidious neoplasm because of its long latency period. The tumor is typically found in patients several decades after asbestos exposure. We herein describe a 26-year-old patient with MPM who presented with pleural effusion. The patient had not been exposed to asbestos or erionite. There are few case reports of non-asbestos-related MPM in young patients. We report this case to remind physicians to consider MPM in the differential diagnosis of pleural effusion in young patients without exposure to asbestos or erionitis.

  9. Mesotheliomas in Lebanon: Witnessing a Change in Epidemiology.

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    Kattan, Joseph; Eid, Roland; Kourie, Hampig Raphael; Farhat, Fadi; Ghosn, Marwan; Ghorra, Claude; Tomb, Roland

    2016-01-01

    Mesotheliomas are relatively rare tumors in Lebanon. The only previous study goes back to 14 years ago, when we published epidemiological characteristics of mesotheliomas in Lebanon, showing that the pleural location accounted for the vast majority of cases, with clear evidence of asbestos exposure from the Eternit factory of Chekka region. The objective of this current study was to estimate the incidence of mesothelioma in the past decade and to identify its epidemiological, clinical and therapeutic characteristics, making comparisons with our first study published in 2001. Between 2002 and 2014, patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma at Hotel-Dieu de France University Hospital were investigated. Epidemiological data focusing on asbestos exposure history were collected from medical records and interviews with the families. A total of 26 patients were diagnosed with mesothelioma, 21 of which were successfully investigated. The mean age of these 21 patients is 62.5 (19-82). Only 3 (14.29%) are women. 18 (85.71%) were smokers. Among the 21 available mesotheliomas, 15 (71.4%) are pleural, while 5 (23.8%) are peritoneal and 1 (4.8%) pericardial. Only 60% of patients with pleural mesothelioma and 50% of those with an obvious exposure to asbestos lived and/or worked in Chekka region. The mean time of asbestos exposure in patients with mesothelioma is 24.5 (1-50) years and the mean latency is 37.4 (4-61) years. Of the 21 patients, 10 (47.6%) underwent surgery during their treatment, 16 (76.2%) received chemotherapy and 3 (14.3%) received best supportive care. Compared to the previous study (1991-2000), substantial changes in the epidemiology of mesothelioma in Lebanon were observed, such as an increase in peritoneal localizations and a lower correlation with Chekka region asbestos contamination.

  10. Diagnostic imaging and spending review: extreme problems call for extreme measures.

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    Ciarrapico, Anna Micaela; Ugenti, Rossana; Di Minco, Lidia; Santori, Elisabetta; Altobelli, Simone; Coco, Irene; D'Onofrio, Silvia; Simonetti, Giovanni

    2017-04-01

    The number of diagnostic imaging tests has increased dramatically over the past decade and about 5 billion diagnostic examinations are performed worldwide each year. According to Health Ministry, Italy, is in second place for the number of CT and MR tests per thousand inhabitants in 2014 with a score of 83.3 (only Germany has a higher score, 95.2) that is a long way off from the European average of 46.5. It has also the highest ratio of magnetic resonances per person with 24,6 machines per million inhabitants, followed only by Greece and Finland. The development of the New Health Information System (NSIS) in 2010 made uniformly readable the non-homogeneous clinical data from all the different Italian regions and permitted a detailed analysis of all diagnostic imaging within the public outpatient care setting in Italy in 2012. Despite that MRI examinations represented only the 10% of the total number of imaging tests performed, their cost reached 30% of the health-care expenditure for outpatient diagnostic imaging with an overwhelming contribution coming from musculoskeletal MR which accounted for the 73% of the performed MR tests. It is reasonable to assume that these phenomena are likely due to a lack of appropriateness in MR requests that is difficult to analyze due to an absence or invalid query on the prescriptions which together accounted for the 98.7% of cases. Taking into account the above-mentioned situation, this is possibly why the Ministry of Health decided to perform "linear cuts" in expenditure for some diagnostic examinations.

  11. Cynara scolymus affects malignant pleural mesothelioma by promoting apoptosis and restraining invasion

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    Pulito, Claudio; Mori, Federica; Sacconi, Andrea; Casadei, Luca; Ferraiuolo, Maria; Valerio, Maria Cristina; Santoro, Raffaela; Goeman, Frauke; Maidecchi, Anna; Mattoli, Luisa; Manetti, Cesare; Di Agostino, Silvia; Muti, Paola; Blandino, Giovanni; Strano, Sabrina

    2015-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a poorly treated neoplasia arising from the pleural mesothelial lining. Here we document that the leaf extract of Cynara scolymus exerts broad antitumoral effects both in vitro and in vivo on mesothelioma cell lines. We found that Cynara scolymus treatment affects strongly cell growth, migration and tumor engraftment of mesothelioma cell lines. Strikingly, dietary feeding with Cynara scolymus leaf extract reduces the growth of mesothelioma xenografted tumors similarly to pemetrexed, a commonly employed drug in the treatment of mesothelioma. In aggregate our findings suggest that leaf extract of Cynara scolymus holds therapeutic potential for the treatment of mesothelioma. PMID:26136339

  12. Cynara scolymus affects malignant pleural mesothelioma by promoting apoptosis and restraining invasion.

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    Pulito, Claudio; Mori, Federica; Sacconi, Andrea; Casadei, Luca; Ferraiuolo, Maria; Valerio, Maria Cristina; Santoro, Raffaela; Goeman, Frauke; Maidecchi, Anna; Mattoli, Luisa; Manetti, Cesare; Di Agostino, Silvia; Muti, Paola; Blandino, Giovanni; Strano, Sabrina

    2015-07-20

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a poorly treated neoplasia arising from the pleural mesothelial lining. Here we document that the leaf extract of Cynara scolymus exerts broad antitumoral effects both in vitro and in vivo on mesothelioma cell lines. We found that Cynara scolymus treatment affects strongly cell growth, migration and tumor engraftment of mesothelioma cell lines. Strikingly, dietary feeding with Cynara scolymus leaf extract reduces the growth of mesothelioma xenografted tumors similarly to pemetrexed, a commonly employed drug in the treatment of mesothelioma. In aggregate our findings suggest that leaf extract of Cynara scolymus holds therapeutic potential for the treatment of mesothelioma.

  13. Cystic peritoneal mesothelioma: report of a case.

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    Cavallaro, Andrea; Berretta, Massimiliano; Lo Menzo, Emanuele; Cavallaro, Vincenzo; Zanghì, Antonio; Di Vita, Maria; Cappellani, Alessandro

    2011-01-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (BMPM) is a rare disease with good short-term prognosis and rare malignant transformation. However, its biological significance remains unexplained. A neoplastic origin is considered by many authors to require a surgical excision, based on the high recurrence and progressive growth rate of the tumors. However, alternative or integrative treatment options have also been proposed. A 45-year-old woman presented to our unit with a history of occasional discomfort and pain in the left hip. On physical examination, we noticed a tough-elastic, fixed mass located in the iliac fossa. Computed tomography scan detected a mass with multiseptated cystic-like areas. Due to the similarity of these findings to a primitive sarcomatous tumor of the retroperitoneum, an arteriographic study was also performed. The patient underwent en bloc resection of the mass, including a segment of the sigmoid colon. The final pathologic diagnosis was cystic mesothelioma. Further studies are needed to better understand the etiology and pathogenesis of this rare disease, and to define a more tailored treatment plan.

  14. Epidemiology of malignant mesothelioma--an outline.

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    McDonald, J Corbett

    2010-11-01

    In the 1960s and 1970s, well designed case-referent studies put beyond doubt that exposure to airborne asbestos fibres was a cause of malignant mesothelioma. Some 35 cohort mortality studies in a large variety of industries during the 20-year period, 1974-1994, showed a wide range of outcomes, but in general that the risk was higher in exposures which included amphiboles rather than chrysotile alone. Real progress began, however, with discoveries along several lines: the link between pleural changes and mineralogy, the concept and importance of biopersistence, the developments in counting and typing mineral fibres in lung tissue, and data on amphibole mining in South Africa and Australia for comparison with that on chrysotile in Canada and Italy. This led to the recognition of the potential contamination in North America of chrysotile with tremolite. A survey in Canada in 1980-1988 and other surveys demonstrated that crocidolite, amosite, and tremolite could explain almost all cases of mesothelioma. Effective confirmation of this was finally achieved with data on vermiculite miners in Libby, Montana, in the years 1983-1999, where exposure was to tremolite-actinolite and/or other amphibole fibres alone.

  15. Recurrent chromosome 6 abnormalities in malignant mesothelioma.

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    Ribotta, M; Roseo, F; Salvio, M; Castagneto, B; Carbone, M; Procopio, A; Giordano, A; Mutti, L

    1998-04-01

    The long latency period between asbestos exposure and the onset of malignant mesothelioma (MM) suggests that a multistep tumorigenesis process occurs whilst the capability of asbestos fibres to interfere directly with chromosomes focuses on the critical role of the chromosomal abnormalities in this neoplasm. The aim of our study was to identify any recurrent chromosomal changes in ten primary MM cell cultures derived from pleural effusions of patients with MM from the same geographic area and environmental and/or occupational exposure to asbestos fibers. Cytogenetic analysis was performed in accordance with International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature. Our results confirmed a great number of cytogenetic abnormalities in MM cells. Recurrent loss of the long arms of chromosome 6 (6q-) was the most frequent abnormality detected (four epithelial and two mixed subtypes) while, on the whole, abnormalities of chromosome 6 were found in nine out of ten cases whereas chromosome 6 was normal only in the case with fibromatous subtype. Monosomy 13 and 17 was found in five cases, monosomy 14 in four cases and 22 in three cases. Since deletion of 6q- was detected even in relatively undisturbed karyotype, we hypothesize a multistep carcinogenic process in which deletion of 6q- is an early event in the development and progression of malignant mesothelioma.

  16. Pleural mesothelioma and neighborhood asbestos exposure

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    Fischbein, A.; Rohl, A.N.

    1984-07-06

    Widespread use and occupational exposure to asbestos in US shipyards, particularly during World War II, is one reason for the currently high incidence of asbestos-related diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. There is typically a long latency period between asbestos exposure and resulting disease. A case report is presented which lends additional credence to the earlier suggestion that exposure to asbestos in the neighborhood of the shipyard may be related to the development of malignant mesothelioma in this particular patient. The identification of amosite asbestos fibers in the lung tissue of the patient provides plausible evidence for this etiologic connection. Amosite asbestos is not found in the lungs of persons from the general population, and its occurrence, therefore, indicates either an occupational exposure or an exposure to a specific environmental source. Although only a very small portion of the total amount of asbestos used consists of amosite, this asbestos type is commonly used in shipbuilding and repair and was used a great deal in the shipyard adjacent to which our patient worked.

  17. [Health expenditures for cases of pleural mesothelioma].

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    Zocchetti, C

    2015-09-09

    Through the study of 65 cases of probable pleural mesothelioma currently under discussion in 4 criminal trials in the Lombardy Region, who died between 2002 and 2015, this study aimed to provide economical information regarding the health expenditures sustained by the Regional Health Service (RHS) for providing hospitalization, outpatient services and drugs to such patients. Health information regarding the services provided for the cases under study were electronically retrieved from the RHS information system. For each pleural mesothelioma case the costs (on average) were about 67,000 euros, 37,000 of which were spent after the date of diagnosis. Drugs formed the largest part of health expenditure (about 37,000 euros per person). Per capita expenditures showed a peak near (before and after) the date of diagnosis, rising when approaching the date of death and with increasing age of the patient, and did not vary with survival time. This information, reported for the first time in detail in this paper, will be useful for out-of-court agreements and for setting up reimbursement schemes, and describe per capita expenditures which are higher than estimations proposed in recent criminal trials in Italy and to those reported in the international literature.

  18. [CERTAIN PROBLEMS OF DIAGNOSTICS OF CHRONIC CARDIAC INSUFFICIENCY IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE].

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    Karoli, N A; Borodkin, A V; Rebrov, A P

    2015-01-01

    Apnea is a commonest complaint in aged patients. It may be due to chronic cardiac insufficiency (CCI) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The prevalence of CCI in the general populations and among 65 year old subjects is 1.8 and 6-10% respectively, decompensation being the most frequent cause of hospitalization of elderly patients. Different authors report CCI in 30-62% of the elderly patients with COPD. Combination of CCI and COPD create difficulties for diagnostics and treatment due to late detection of CCI, common risk factors and pathogenetic features of the two conditions their similar clinical picture. This paper is designed to consider methods of CCI diagnostics in patients with COPD. Special emphasis is laid on the thorough analysis of medical histories, specific laboratory tests (BNP NT-proBNP), and instrumental methods (echocardiogram, MRI, spirography, X-ray studies).

  19. [Diagnostic problems posed by hypotrophic facio-scapulo-humeral syndromes (author's transl)].

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    Grassi, E; Marbini, A; Marchini, C; Parma, M; Zampollo, A

    1976-01-01

    The Authors, on the ground of the literature and of their own observations, stress the diagnostic non specificity of hypotrophic facio-scapulo-humeral syndromes: these sindromes, contrary to the current opinion, aren't always of primitive myodistrophic nature but may also be "neurogenic", inflammatory, collagenopathis, etc. In this connection they present an illustrative case of facio-scapulo-humeral syndrome which had clinical features typically "myogenic" but turned out to be "neurogenic" after electromyographic and histochemical investigation.

  20. Exploration of Analysis Methods for Diagnostic Imaging Tests: Problems with ROC AUC and Confidence Scores in CT Colonography

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    Mallett, Susan; Halligan, Steve; Collins, Gary S.; Altman, Doug G.

    2014-01-01

    Background Different methods of evaluating diagnostic performance when comparing diagnostic tests may lead to different results. We compared two such approaches, sensitivity and specificity with area under the Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve (ROC AUC) for the evaluation of CT colonography for the detection of polyps, either with or without computer assisted detection. Methods In a multireader multicase study of 10 readers and 107 cases we compared sensitivity and specificity, using radiological reporting of the presence or absence of polyps, to ROC AUC calculated from confidence scores concerning the presence of polyps. Both methods were assessed against a reference standard. Here we focus on five readers, selected to illustrate issues in design and analysis. We compared diagnostic measures within readers, showing that differences in results are due to statistical methods. Results Reader performance varied widely depending on whether sensitivity and specificity or ROC AUC was used. There were problems using confidence scores; in assigning scores to all cases; in use of zero scores when no polyps were identified; the bimodal non-normal distribution of scores; fitting ROC curves due to extrapolation beyond the study data; and the undue influence of a few false positive results. Variation due to use of different ROC methods exceeded differences between test results for ROC AUC. Conclusions The confidence scores recorded in our study violated many assumptions of ROC AUC methods, rendering these methods inappropriate. The problems we identified will apply to other detection studies using confidence scores. We found sensitivity and specificity were a more reliable and clinically appropriate method to compare diagnostic tests. PMID:25353643

  1. Primary pericardial mesothelioma detected by gallium-67 scintigraphy

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    Nishikimi, T.; Ochi, H.; Hirota, K.; Ikuno, Y.; Oku, H.; Takeuchi, K.; Takeda, T.

    1987-07-01

    We present a case report of a 73-yr-old woman with progressive systemic sclerosis who showed extensive pericardial uptake of /sup 67/Ga by scintigraphy. At autopsy, primary pericardial mesothelioma was found.

  2. Lung-Sparing Surgery May Boost Mesothelioma Survival

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    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162720.html Lung-Sparing Surgery May Boost Mesothelioma Survival Treatment nearly ... 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery that preserves the lung, when combined with other therapies, appears to extend ...

  3. Switching off malignant mesothelioma: exploiting the hypoxic microenvironment

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    Nabavi, Noushin; Bennewith, Kevin L.; Churg, Andrew; Wang, Yuzhuo; Collins, Colin C.; Mutti, Luciano

    2016-01-01

    Malignant mesotheliomas are aggressive, asbestos-related cancers with poor patient prognosis, typically arising in the mesothelial surfaces of tissues in pleural and peritoneal cavity. The relative unspecific symptoms of mesotheliomas, misdiagnoses, and lack of precise targeted therapies call for a more critical assessment of this disease. In the present review, we categorize commonly identified genomic aberrations of mesotheliomas into their canonical pathways and discuss targeting these pathways in the context of tumor hypoxia, a hallmark of cancer known to render solid tumors more resistant to radiation and most chemo-therapy. We then explore the concept that the intrinsic hypoxic microenvironment of mesotheliomas can be Achilles' heel for targeted, multimodal therapeutic intervention. PMID:28191281

  4. Case report: peritoneal mesothelioma from asbestos in hairdryers.

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    Dahlgren, James; Talbott, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    The relationship between mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos is well established. As a result, the use of asbestos in buildings, construction sites, and mines, as well as the implications of disease for the workers has received considerable attention. However, asbestos was also used in household equipment and consumer products, including hairdryers. To examine one case of peritoneal mesothelioma in a hairdresser and review the relevant literature on asbestos exposure from hairdryers. The subject's medical and occupational records were obtained and reviewed and a physical examination was performed. The results indicate that the subject developed peritoneal mesothelioma from her occupational exposure to asbestos containing hairdryers in accordance with the literature. Hairdryers are possible sources of asbestos exposure in patients with mesothelioma, and the asbestos exposure risk is higher for those who use hairdryers occupationally.

  5. Malignant mesothelioma mortality in the United States, 1999-2001.

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    Bang, Ki Moon; Pinheiro, Germania A; Wood, John M; Syamlal, Girija

    2006-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is strongly associated with asbestos exposure. This paper describes demographic, geographic, and occupational distributions of mesothelioma mortality in the United States, 1999-2001. The data (n = 7,524) were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics multiple-cause-of-death records. Mortality rates (per million per year) were age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population, and proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) were calculated by occupation and industry, and adjusted for age, sex, and race. The overall age-adjusted mortality rate was 11.52, with males (22.34) showing a sixfold higher rate than females (3.94). Geographic distribution of mesothelioma mortality is predominantly coastal. Occupations with significantly elevated PMRs included plumbers/pipefitters and mechanical engineers. Industries with significantly elevated PMRs included ship and boat building and repairing, and industrial and miscellaneous chemicals. These surveillance findings can be useful in generating hypotheses and developing strategies to prevent mesothelioma.

  6. Identification of ALK Rearrangements in Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

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    Hung, Yin P; Dong, Fei; Watkins, Jaclyn C; Nardi, Valentina; Bueno, Raphael; Dal Cin, Paola; Godleski, John J; Crum, Christopher P; Chirieac, Lucian R

    2017-09-14

    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive tumor arising from the peritoneal lining, induced by asbestos, therapeutic radiation, or germline mutations. Nevertheless, the molecular features remain largely unknown. To investigate anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangements in a large series of peritoneal mesothelioma and characterize the mutational landscape of these tumors. We studied 88 consecutive patients (39 men, 49 women; median age 61, range 17-84 years) with peritoneal mesotheliomas diagnosed at a single institution between 2005 and 2015. We identified ALK-positive mesotheliomas by immunohistochemistry and confirmed ALK rearrangement by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). In ALK-rearranged cases, we characterized the fusion partners using targeted next-generation sequencing of both tumor DNA and RNA. In select cases, we quantified asbestos fibers by combined scanning electron microscopy and x-ray spectroscopy. We also explored ALK rearrangement in a separate series of 205 patients with pleural mesothelioma. Identification and characterization of novel ALK rearrangements and correlations with clinicopathologic characteristics. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase was positive by immunohistochemistry in 11 (13%) peritoneal mesotheliomas (focal weak in 8, diffuse strong in 3). In focal weak ALK-positive cases, no ALK rearrangement was detected by FISH or next-generation sequencing. In strong diffuse ALK-positive cases, FISH confirmed ALK rearrangements, and next-generation sequencing identified novel fusion partners ATG16L1, STRN, and TPM1. Patients with ALK-rearranged peritoneal mesotheliomas were women and younger than patients without ALK rearrangement (median age 36 vs 62; Mann-Whitney test, P = .02), but all other clinicopathologic characteristics (size of tumor nodules, histology, treatment, and survival) were not different. No asbestos fibers were detected in ALK-rearranged cases. Furthermore, loss of chromosomal region 9p or 22q or

  7. Evidence of Second-Order Factor Structure in a Diagnostic Problem Space: Implications for Medical Education.

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    Papa, Frank J.; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Chest pain was identified as a specific medical problem space, and disease classes were modeled to define it. Results from a test taken by 628 medical residents indicate a second-order factor structure that suggests that chest pain is a multidimensional problem space. Implications for medical education are discussed. (SLD)

  8. Benign peritoneal multicystic mesothelioma diagnosed and treated by laparoscopic surgery.

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    Saad, Stefan; Brockmann, Michael; Maegele, Marc

    2007-10-01

    Benign cystic mesothelioma is a rare pathology predominantly encountered in females. The increased use of laparoscopy for abdominal pain, particularly in female patients, implies that surgeons are aware of the macro- and laparoscopic presentation of this tumor for adequate diagnosis and therapy. In this paper, we present the case of a young woman with benign multicystic mesothelioma in which only laparoscopy led to the appropriate diagnosis. Subsequently, the tumor was removed by laparoscopic surgery.

  9. Quantitative and analytical studies in the diagnosis of mesothelioma

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    Roggli, V.L. )

    1992-05-01

    The vast majority of patients with malignant mesothelioma of the pleura or peritoneum have an abnormal tissue asbestos content as assessed by digestion techniques. These procedures allow for the quantification of asbestos bodies, as well as numbers and types of mineral fibers. In general, analyses of mineral fiber content correlate well with occupational exposure history. Such analyses are useful for the identification of asbestos-related mesotheliomas and separation from those due to other causes.

  10. [Localized benign pleural mesothelioma observed at the Dakar University Hospital].

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    Ndiaye, M; Hane, A A; Ba, M; Ndir, M; Ba, O; Diop-dia, D; Kandji, M; Ndiaye, S; Diatta, A; Toure, N O; Niang, A; Dia, Y; Thiam, A; Dangou, J M; Ndiaye, M

    2001-06-01

    We report two cases of localized benign pleural mesothelioma with different clinical features. Neuropsychiatric symptoms, including coma, hemiplegia, seizures and misbehavior predominated in the first case, associated with hypoglycemia. The symptoms in the second case were essentially respiratory (cough, dyspnea, and chest pain). Treatment consisted in thoracotomy and complete surgical resection. Histopathology revealed fusiform cells and collagen stroma. These two cases illustrate the diversity of clinical expression of benign localized pleural mesothelioma and confirm their complete resolution after surgical treatment.

  11. Pleural plaques and the risk of pleural mesothelioma.

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    Pairon, Jean-Claude; Laurent, François; Rinaldo, Mickaël; Clin, Bénédicte; Andujar, Pascal; Ameille, Jacques; Brochard, Patrick; Chammings, Soizick; Ferretti, Gilbert; Galateau-Sallé, Françoise; Gislard, Antoine; Letourneux, Marc; Luc, Amandine; Schorlé, Evelyne; Paris, Christophe

    2013-02-20

    The association between pleural plaques and pleural mesothelioma remains controversial. The present study was designed to examine the association between pleural plaques on computed tomography (CT) scan and the risk of pleural mesothelioma in a follow-up study of asbestos-exposed workers. Retired or unemployed workers previously occupationally exposed to asbestos were invited to participate in a screening program for asbestos-related diseases, including CT scan, organized between October 2003 and December 2005 in four regions in France. Randomized, independent, double reading of CT scans by a panel of seven chest radiologists focused on benign asbestos-related abnormalities. A 7-year follow-up study was conducted in the 5287 male subjects for whom chest CT scan was available. Annual determination of the number of subjects eligible for free medical care because of pleural mesothelioma was carried out. Diagnosis certification was obtained from the French mesothelioma panel of pathologists. Survival regression based on the Cox model was used to estimate the risk of pleural mesothelioma associated with pleural plaques, with age as the main time variable and time-varying exposure variables, namely duration of exposure, time since first exposure, and cumulative exposure index to asbestos. All statistical tests were two-sided. A total of 17 incident cases of pleural mesothelioma were diagnosed. A statistically significant association was observed between mesothelioma and pleural plaques (unadjusted hazard ratio (HR) = 8.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 3.0 to 26.5; adjusted HR = 6.8, 95% CI = 2.2 to 21.4 after adjustment for time since first exposure and cumulative exposure index to asbestos). The presence of pleural plaques may be an independent risk factor for pleural mesothelioma.

  12. Peer Victimization during Middle Childhood as a Lead Indicator of Internalizing Problems and Diagnostic Outcomes in Late Adolescence

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    Schwartz, David; Lansford, Jennifer E.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Pettit, Gregory S.; Bates, John E.

    2014-01-01

    Objective We examined evidence that peer victimization in middle childhood is a lead indicator of internalizing behavior problems and diagnostic outcomes during adolescence. Methods This research was conducted as part of an ongoing multisite longitudinal investigation. The participants were 388 children (198 boys, 190 girls). Peer victimization was assessed with a peer nomination inventory that was administered when the average age of the participants was approximately 8.5 years. Internalizing problems were assessed using a behavior problem checklist completed by mothers in nine consecutive years and a structured clinical interview was administered to the participants in the summer following high school graduation (10 to 11 years after the victimization assessment). Results Peer victimization in middle childhood was correlated with internalizing problems on a bivariate basis through the late years of adolescence. Multilevel analyses also revealed associations between peer victimization and increases in internalizing problems over time. In addition, peer victimization had a modest link to unipolar depressive disorders in late adolescence. Conclusions Victimization in the peer group during middle childhood appears to be a marker of long-term risk for internalizing behavior problems and unipolar depression. PMID:24660666

  13. Relative risk of mesothelioma among railroad machinists exposed to chrysotile.

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    Mancuso, T F

    1988-01-01

    This study challenges the assertion of low relative risk of chrysotile in the causation of mesothelioma. Data are provided on the time period use of various types of asbestos in the United States and in insulation materials. The focus of the study is on mesothelioma among railroad machinists employed in the steam locomotive era who were exposed to chrysotile. Within a cohort of machinists alive January 1, 1945, a sub-cohort method was applied to all successive machinists hired in each of the respective years (1920-1929) followed through 1986. The total cohort was 181 and the number of deaths 156, with 14 mesotheliomas identified among 41 cancer deaths. The findings demonstrated an extremely high relative risk for machinists exposed to chrysotile for the induction of mesothelioma in the individual year of hire cohorts. A similar observation was noted for other crafts hired in the same time period. One mesothelioma occurred for every 13 machinists hired in the succeeding years (1920-1929) and constituted 34% of all cancer deaths. It is concluded that chrysotile is far more hazardous in the induction of mesotheliomas and that the asbestos cancer risk in the steam locomotive eras was much higher than had been previously estimated.

  14. Software for Apportionment of Asbestos-Related Mesotheliomas.

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    Ross, Robert M

    2016-01-01

    Patients with an asbestos-related mesothelioma may be legally entitled to financial compensation. In this context, a physician may be called upon to apportion the contribution of an asbestos containing product or facility where there was asbestos exposure in the development of that individual's mesothelioma. This task is mathematically not simple. It is a complex function of each and the entire individual's above-background asbestos exposures. Factors to be considered for each of these exposures are the amount of exposure to mesotheliogenic fibers, each of the asbestos containing products' potency to cause mesothelioma, and the time period when the exposures occurred relative to when the mesothelioma was diagnosed. In this paper, the known factors related to asbestos-related mesothelioma risk are briefly reviewed and the software that is downloadable and fully functional in a Windows® environment is also provided. This software allows for rapid assessment of relative contributions and deals with the somewhat tedious mathematical calculations. With this software and a reasonable occupational history, if it is decided that the mesothelioma was due to above-background asbestos exposure, the contribution of an asbestos containing product or a time period of asbestos exposure can be apportioned.

  15. Hyaluronan production increases the malignant properties of mesothelioma cells

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    Li, Y; Heldin, P

    2001-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesotheliomas is in most cases associated with elevated amounts of hyaluronan. To investigate the importance of hyaluronan for the malignant properties of mesotheliomas, we have expressed murine hyaluronan synthase 2 (HAS2) in the non-hyaluronan producing mesothelioma cell line, Mero-25. We found that upon hyaluronan overproduction the mesothelioma cells changed their epitheloid character to a fibroblastic phenotype and were surrounded by pericellular matrices, the size of which correlated to the amount of synthesized hyaluronan. HAS2-transfected cells with the ability to synthesize about 520 ng hyaluronan/5 × 104cells/24 h exhibited about a 2-fold increase in the expression of the cell surface hyaluronan receptor CD44 and their locomotion increased compared to that of mock-transfected Mero-25 cells. Furthermore, the malignant properties of mesothelioma cell clones as determined by the ability to grow in a soft agar assay correlated to their hyaluronan production. These results provide evidence for an important role of hyaluronan in the aggressive spread of mesotheliomas in adjacent non-cancerous stromal tissues. © 2001 Cancer Research Campaign http://www.bjcancer.com PMID:11506502

  16. [Tetany as a difficult diagnostic problem in the neurological outpatient department].

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    Toruńska, Katarzyna

    2003-01-01

    The paper presents a model of diagnostic and therapeutic management of tetany, with special attention paid the role of magnesium and to psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment. Two types of tetany are distinguished: manifest and latent (spasmophilia). The former, due to hypocalcemia, is relatively rare and usually postoperative (parathyroid tetany), while the mechanism of the much more common latent tetany or spasmophilia involves hyperventilation and magnesium deficiency. Latent tetany affects particularly young women. There are many signs of spasmophilia, but none is specific, so this pathology is difficult to diagnose.

  17. Multifocal Nodular Fatty Infiltration of the Liver: A Case Report of a Challenging Diagnostic Problem

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    Tebala, Giovanni Domenico; Jwad, Anees; Khan, Abdul Quyyum; Long, Ervine; Sissons, Guy

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Female, 59 Final Diagnosis: Multifocal nodular fatty infiltration of the liver Symptoms: None Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Laparoscopy Specialty: Surgery Objective: Rare disease Background: Fatty infiltration of the liver usually has a diffuse pattern, but in very rare cases it presents as multiple focal lesions of the liver, mimicking metastases. A correct diagnosis is crucial to address prognosis and eventual treatment. Case Report: We present the case of a completely fit and asymptomatic patient referred for multiple bilateral liver metastases of unknown origin. She had no previous history of malignancy. She was extensively investigated with all locally available methods, including ultrasound scan, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, and diagnostic laparoscopy. Imaging-guided biopsy and laparoscopic biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of multifocal fatty infiltration of the liver. Conclusions: The diagnosis of this condition can be challenging and an accurate initial clinical history must be part of a thorough clinical examination. Multimodal imaging is mandatory, but diagnostic laparoscopy with direct macrobiopsy may be necessary to clear all doubts. PMID:27017525

  18. Assessing the effectiveness of problem-based learning in physical diagnostics education in China: a meta-analysis

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    Wang, Jianmiao; Xu, Yongjian; Liu, Xiansheng; Xiong, Weining; Xie, Jungang; Zhao, Jianping

    2016-01-01

    Problem-based learning (PBL) has been extensively applied as an experimental educational method in Chinese medical schools over the past decade. A meta-analysis was performed to assess the effectiveness of PBL on students’ learning outcomes in physical diagnostics education. Related databases were searched for eligible studies evaluating the effects of PBL compared to traditional teaching on students’ knowledge and/or skill scores of physical diagnostics. Standardized mean difference (SMD) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was estimated. Thirteen studies with a total of 2086 medical students were included in this meta-analysis. All of these studies provided usable data on knowledge scores, and the pooled analysis showed a significant difference in favor of PBL compared to the traditional teaching (SMD = 0.76, 95%CI = 0.33–1.19). Ten studies provided usable data on skill scores, and a significant difference in favor of PBL was also observed (SMD = 1.46, 95%CI = 0.89–2.02). Statistically similar results were obtained in the sensitivity analysis, and there was no significant evidence of publication bias. These results suggested that PBL in physical diagnostics education in China appeared to be more effective than traditional teaching method in improving knowledge and skills. PMID:27808158

  19. Establishing a panel of chemo-resistant mesothelioma models for investigating chemo-resistance and identifying new treatments for mesothelioma

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    Hudson, Amanda L.; Weir, Chris; Moon, Elizabeth; Harvie, Rozelle; Klebe, Sonja; Clarke, Stephen J.; Pavlakis, Nick; Howell, Viive M.

    2014-01-01

    Mesothelioma is inherently chemo-resistant with only 50% of patients responding to the standard of care treatments, and consequently it has a very grim prognosis. The aim of this study was to establish a panel of chemo-resistant mesothelioma models with clinically relevant levels of resistance as tools for investigating chemo-resistance and identifying new treatments for mesothelioma. Chemo-resistant cell lines were established in vitro and characterized in vivo using syngeneic Fischer rats. Tumors derived from all chemo-resistant cell lines were immunohistochemically classified as mesothelioma. Homozygous deletion of p16INK4A/p14ARF and increased expression of several ATP-binding cassette transporters were demonstrated, consistent with findings in human mesothelioma. Further, the acquisition of chemo-resistance in vitro resulted in changes to tumor morphology and overall survival. In conclusion, these models display many features corresponding with the human disease, and provide the first series of matched parental and chemo-resistant models for in vitro and in vivo mesothelioma studies. PMID:25141917

  20. Physical aspects of external beam radiotherapy for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Soubra, M.; Dunscombe, P.B.; Hodson, D.I.; Wong, G. )

    1990-06-01

    The optimization of radiotherapy for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma highlights many of the currently outstanding problems in clinical radiation physics. The experimental investigation of an intuitively attractive irradiation technique with combined photon and electron beams using a specially constructed phantom has established that, due to the penetration in low density material of both primary electrons and those secondary to photon irradiation, the normal lung tissue is not spared to any significant degree by such a technique. Furthermore, great care needs to be exercised in the treatment planning calculations for this approach if absolute dosimetry errors as large as 50% are to be avoided.

  1. Modern management of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Patel, Shivani C; Dowell, Jonathan E

    2016-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a deadly disease that produces a significant worldwide health care burden. The majority of cases are associated with prior asbestos exposure, but recent studies have identified a possible genetic predisposition in a minority of patients. Historically, obtaining a pathologic diagnosis of MPM was challenging, but with current pathological techniques, a secure diagnosis is possible in the majority of patients. Curative therapy for MPM remains elusive, and the primary treatment option for fit patients is platinum-based chemotherapy. Encouraging recent reports suggest that there may be a benefit to the addition of bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy as well as with the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors in MPM. Selected patients may be considered for aggressive surgical approaches, but there is considerable controversy regarding the true benefit of surgery and multimodality therapy in this disease. PMID:28210162

  2. Hedgehog Signaling in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Felley-Bosco, Emanuela; Opitz, Isabelle; Meerang, Mayura

    2015-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fibers, which accumulate in the pleural space, damage tissue and stimulate regeneration. Hedgehog signaling is a pathway important during embryonic mesothelium development and is inactivated in adult mesothelium. The pathway is reactivated in some MPM patients with poor clinical outcome, mainly mediated by the expression of the ligands. Nevertheless, mutations in components of the pathway have been observed in a few cases. Data from different MPM animal models and primary culture suggest that both autocrine and paracrine Hedgehog signaling are important to maintain tumor growth. Drugs inhibiting the pathway at the level of the smoothened receptor (Smo) or glioma-associated protein transcription factors (Gli) have been used mostly in experimental models. For clinical development, biomarkers are necessary for the selection of patients who can benefit from Hedgehog signaling inhibition. PMID:26184317

  3. Hedgehog Signaling in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

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    Felley-Bosco, Emanuela; Opitz, Isabelle; Meerang, Mayura

    2015-07-08

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fibers, which accumulate in the pleural space, damage tissue and stimulate regeneration. Hedgehog signaling is a pathway important during embryonic mesothelium development and is inactivated in adult mesothelium. The pathway is reactivated in some MPM patients with poor clinical outcome, mainly mediated by the expression of the ligands. Nevertheless, mutations in components of the pathway have been observed in a few cases. Data from different MPM animal models and primary culture suggest that both autocrine and paracrine Hedgehog signaling are important to maintain tumor growth. Drugs inhibiting the pathway at the level of the smoothened receptor (Smo) or glioma-associated protein transcription factors (Gli) have been used mostly in experimental models. For clinical development, biomarkers are necessary for the selection of patients who can benefit from Hedgehog signaling inhibition.

  4. Photodynamic therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Friedberg, Joseph S

    2012-10-01

    Surgery is the treatment option most likely to be associated with prolonged remission in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. However, it remains investigational and must always be combined with other modalities to treat the microscopic disease that remains after the most aggressive operations. Improvements in quality of life for appropriate patients with this rare yet incurable cancer may be obtained with less drastic lung-sparing surgical procedures along with intraoperative use of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Very encouraging survival results have been obtained with the combination of surgery and PDT, which requires the well-orchestrated collaborative effort of an extensive team of professionals, from thoracic surgeons and radiation oncologists to basic science researchers. Multi-institutional trials are necessary to duplicate these early findings and shed more light on the tumor-directed immune response of this surgically based multimodal treatment.

  5. [Addison disease during pregnancy--a diagnostic dilemma. Symptoms are similar to normal pregnancy problems].

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    Wålinder, Olov

    The symptoms of primary adrenocortical insufficiency (Addison's disease) such as fatigue, anorexia, hypotension and hyperpigmentation are similar to those of normal pregnancy. Addison's disease is rare and the diagnosis can easily be overlooked during pregnancy. The concentration of corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) and cortisol in serum as well as urinary free cortisol increase 2-3 times during pregnancy. Therefore, the reference ranges for nonpregnant persons cannot be used during pregnancy. The diagnosis of Addison's disease in pregnancy should be based on analysis of p-ACTH which remains within the reference range in normal pregnancy until delivery. A case of Addison's disease diagnosed during pregnancy is presented and it illustrates the diagnostic difficulties. In patients taking oral estrogen containing contraceptives, serum levels of CBG and cortisol also increase 2-3 times, making s-cortisol values difficult to interpret. Also in these patients, analysis of p-ACTH is of value when suspecting Addison's disease.

  6. The problem of obesity among adolescents in Hong Kong: a comparison using various diagnostic criteria

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    Ko, Gary TC; Ozaki, Risa; Wong, Gary WK; Kong, Alice PS; So, Wing-Yee; Tong, Peter CY; Chan, Michael HM; Ho, Chung-Shun; Lam, Christopher WK; Chan, Juliana CN

    2008-01-01

    Background Obesity is now a global epidemic. In this study, we aimed to assess the rates of obesity using several major diagnostic criteria in Chinese school adolescents in Hong Kong. Methods This is a cross-sectional study. Using a computer-generated coding system, we randomly selected schools from different geographical regions in Hong Kong to obtain a representative sample. Subjects aged 11–18 years of age were randomly selected from different class of the schools. Their rates of obesity according to four different international and local criteria were compared [International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) 2000 criterion; the Group of China Obesity Task Force (COTF) 2004 criterion; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2000 Growth Charts and the Hong Kong Growth Survey (HKGS) charts in 1993]. Results Of the 2098 adolescents [982 (46.8%) boys and 1116 (53.2%) girls], the mean age (± SD) was 15.1 ± 1.8 years (range: 11–18 years; median: 15.0 years). The crude rates of obesity were similar based on IOTF, COTF or CDC criteria (boys: 3.9–6.0%, girls: 1.8–3.7%), however, the rate increased to 11–27% if the HKGS charts were used. Obesity rate varied markedly according to age. It decreased from 8–10% among those aged 12–13 years to 2–4% among those aged 17–18 years. Conclusion The prevalence of obesity in Hong Kong adolescents using various diagnostic criteria were similar except for the 1993 HKGS criteria, which gave an exceeding high figure. Using the IOTF, COTF or CDC criteria, the adolescent obesity in Hong Kong varied from 1.8% to 6.0%. PMID:18315886

  7. Prevention of Disease Complications through Diagnostic Models: How to Tackle the Problem of Missing Data?

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    Baneshi, MR; Faramarzi, H; Marzban, M

    2012-01-01

    Background: Diagnostic models are frequently used to assess the role of risk factors on disease complications, and therefore to avoid them. Missing data is an issue that challenges the model making. The aim of this study was to develop a diagnostic model to predict death in HIV/AIDS patients when missing data exist. Methods: HIV patients (n=1460) referred to Voluntary Consoling and Testing Center (VCT) of Shiraz southern Iran during 2004–2009 were recruited. Univariate association between variables and death was assessed. Only variables which had univariate P< 0.25 were selected to be offered to the Multifactorial models. First, patients with missing data on candidate variables were deleted (C-C model). Then, applying Multivariable Imputation via Chained Equations (MICE), missing data were imputed. Logistic regression was fitted to C-C and imputed data sets (MICE model). Models were compared in terms of number of variables retained in the final model, width of confidence intervals, and discrimination ability. Result: About 22% of data were lost in C-C model. Number of variables retained in the C-C and MICE models was 2 and 6 respectively. Confidence Intervals (C.I.) corresponding to C-C model was wider than that of MICE. The MICE model showed greater discrimination ability than C-C model (70% versus 64%). Conclusion: The C-C analysis resulted to loss of power and wide CI's. Once missing data were imputed, more variables reached significance level and C.I.'s were narrower. Therefore, we do recommend the application of the imputation method for handling missing data. PMID:23113124

  8. Malignant mesothelioma: facts, myths, and hypotheses.

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    Carbone, Michele; Ly, Bevan H; Dodson, Ronald F; Pagano, Ian; Morris, Paul T; Dogan, Umran A; Gazdar, Adi F; Pass, Harvey I; Yang, Haining

    2012-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a neoplasm arising from mesothelial cells lining the pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial cavities. Over 20 million people in the US are at risk of developing MM due to asbestos exposure. MM mortality rates are estimated to increase by 5-10% per year in most industrialized countries until about 2020. The incidence of MM in men has continued to rise during the past 50 years, while the incidence in women appears largely unchanged. It is estimated that about 50-80% of pleural MM in men and 20-30% in women developed in individuals whose history indicates asbestos exposure(s) above that expected from most background settings. While rare for women, about 30% of peritoneal mesothelioma in men has been associated with exposure to asbestos. Erionite is a potent carcinogenic mineral fiber capable of causing both pleural and peritoneal MM. Since erionite is considerably less widespread than asbestos, the number of MM cases associated with erionite exposure is smaller. Asbestos induces DNA alterations mostly by inducing mesothelial cells and reactive macrophages to secrete mutagenic oxygen and nitrogen species. In addition, asbestos carcinogenesis is linked to the chronic inflammatory process caused by the deposition of a sufficient number of asbestos fibers and the consequent release of pro-inflammatory molecules, especially HMGB-1, the master switch that starts the inflammatory process, and TNF-alpha by macrophages and mesothelial cells. Genetic predisposition, radiation exposure and viral infection are co-factors that can alone or together with asbestos and erionite cause MM. J. Cell. Physiol. 227: 44-58, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Epidemiologic surveillance of mesothelioma in Umbria.

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    Petrucci, Maria Saba; De Lio, Maria Cristina; D'Alò, Daniela; Stracci, Fabrizio; Masanotti, Giuseppe Michele

    2015-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is becoming a prominent health issue due to its low survival and for its increasing incidence in various countries. The objectives of this study were to evaluate epidemiological characteristics and trends of MM in the Umbrian Region for the period 2003-2013. All cases of MM reported to Umbrian Population Cancer Registry between 2003 and 2013. Incidence Annual Standardized Rates (ASRs) were analyzed for all histological types of MM. Estimated Annual Percent Change (APC) and joinpoint regression analysis were used to out light the time trend of MM. Geographical distribution of the relative risk for each municipality was calculated by Standardized Incidence Ratios SIRs. 191 (156 males) MM cases were recorded in Umbrian residents in the period 2003-2013. Pleural mesothelioma affected 92.1% of the total. Gender ratio M/F was 5.9:1. ASRs for MM was 3.2 among men and 0.6 among women. Joinpoint analysis showed a decrease in females APC -8.4 (95% IC -33.7-26.6) and an increase in males APC 5.8 (95% IC -0.9-13.0). An occupational exposure was identified in 43.7% of females and in 90.7% of males. The protracted cancer latency and the continued asbestos existence as environmental contaminant in existing buildings, as well as a carcinogenic risk for the workers involved in removing operations of material containing asbestos justifies the investment in a specific surveillance system. Also important would be to implement a national risk communication strategy addressed to the general population, environment surveillance of the high risk areas and guarantee that all workers involved that even may deal with asbestos are always fully equipped and trained, not only for their individual risk but also for the potential risk of non correct disposal.

  10. Malignant Mesothelioma: Facts, Myths and Hypotheses

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    Carbone, Michele; Ly, Bevan H.; Dodson, Ronald F.; Pagano, Ian; Morris, Paul T.; Dogan, Umran A.; Gazdar, Adi F.; Pass, Harvey I.; Yang, Haining

    2011-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a neoplasm arising from mesothelial cells lining the pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial cavities. Over 20 million people in the US are at risk of developing MM due to asbestos exposure. MM mortality rates are estimated to increase by 5-10% per year in most industrialized countries until about 2020. The incidence of MM in men has continued to rise during the past 50 years, while the incidence in women appears largely unchanged. It is estimated that about 50-80% of pleural MM in men and 20-30% in women developed in individuals whose history indicates asbestos exposure(s) above that expected from most background settings. While rare for women, about 30% of peritoneal mesothelioma in men has been associated with exposure to asbestos. Erionite is a potent carcinogenic mineral fiber capable of causing both pleural and peritoneal MM. Since erionite is considerably less widespread than asbestos, the number of MM cases associated with erionite exposure is smaller. Asbestos induces DNA alterations mostly by inducing mesothelial cells and reactive macrophages to secrete mutagenic oxygen and nitrogen species. In addition, asbestos carcinogenesis is linked to the chronic inflammatory process caused by the deposition of a sufficient number of asbestos fibers and the consequent release of pro-inflammatory molecules, especially HMGB-1, the master switch that starts the inflammatory process, and TNF-alpha by macrophages and mesothelial cells. Genetic predisposition, radiation exposure and viral infection are co-factors that can alone or together with asbestos and erionite cause MM. PMID:21412769

  11. Effects of Prior Diagnostic Information on Clinicians' Causal Attributions of a Client's Problems.

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    Shenkel, Randee Jae; And Others

    1979-01-01

    Explored the degree to which clinicians attributed the client's problems to personality v situational factors. Results supported the hypothesis that previous tentative diagnoses result in personality-based attributions. A recency effect suggested that personality attributions may be lessened by presenting situational information after hearing the…

  12. Diagnostic reframing of intractable environmental problems: Case of a contested multiparty public land-use conflict

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    Stanley T. Asah; David N. Bengston; Keith Wendt; Kristen C. Nelson

    2012-01-01

    Intractable conflicts are omnipresent in environmental management. These conflicts do not necessarily resist resolution but need to be fundamentally transformed in order to reach agreement. Reframing, a process that allows disputants to create new alternative understandings of the problem, is one way of transforming these conflicts. Cognitive and interactional...

  13. NLRP1 polymorphisms in patients with asbestos-associated mesothelioma

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    2012-01-01

    Background An increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma (MM) cases in patients with low levels of asbestos exposure suggests the interference of alternative cofactors. SV40 infection was detected, as co-morbidity factor, only in 22% of asbestos-MM patients from a North-Eastern Italy area. An additional mechanism of injury related to asbestos exposure in MM development has been recently associated to inflammatory responses, principally driven by interleukin (IL)-1 beta (ß) activated within the inflammasome complex. NLRP3 inflammosome has been described as the intracellular sensor for asbestos able to induce inflammasome activation and IL-1ß secretion while NLRP1 is expressed in lung epithelial cells and alveolar macrophages and contributes to the immune response and to survival/apoptosis balance. This study proposes to evaluate the impact of known NLRP3 and NLRP1 polymorphisms in the individual susceptibility to asbestos-induced mesothelioma in subjects from a hyperendemic area for MM. Methods 134 Italian patients with diagnosis of mesothelioma due (MMAE, n=69) or not (MMAF, n=65) to asbestos, 256 healthy Italian blood donors and 101 Italian healthy subjects exposed to asbestos (HCAE) were genotyped for NLRP1 (rs2670660 and rs12150220) and NLRP3 (rs35829419 and rs10754558) polymorphisms. Results While NLRP3 SNPs were not associated to mesothelioma, the NLRP1 rs12150220 allele T was significantly more frequent in MMAE (0.55) than in HCAE (0.41) (p=0.011; OR=1.79) suggesting a predisponent effect of this allele on the development of mesothelioma. This effect was amplified when the NLRP1 rs2670660 allele was combined with the NLRP1 rs12150220 allele (p=0.004; OR=0.52). Conclusion Although NLRP3 SNPs was not involved in mesothelioma predisposition, these data proposed NLRP1 as a novel factor possibly involved in the development of mesothelioma. PMID:23031505

  14. Neurotensin expression and outcome of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Alifano, Marco; Loi, Mauro; Camilleri-Broet, Sophie; Dupouy, Sandra; Régnard, Jean François; Forgez, Patricia

    2010-02-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a frequently fatal disease and the impact of available treatments is globally poor. Identification of new prognostic factors would help in the understanding of disease progression and, possibly, patient management. Here, we evaluate the prognostic impact of the neurotensin (NTS) and its cognate receptor (NTSR1) known for mediating cellular proliferation, survival, invasiveness, and mobility. We studied a series of 52 consecutive patients with epithelioid malignant mesothelioma undergoing management with curative intent, by immunohistochemistry for the expression of NTS and NTSR1. Specimens were scored as 0, 1, or 2 for less than 10%, between 10 and 50%, or more than 50% of NTS positive staining in tumor cells, respectively. Immunohistochemistry revealed that NTS and NTSR1 expression was found in 71.1% and 90.4% of malignant mesotheliomas, respectively. Using univariate analysis, expression of NTS was significantly (p = 0.015) related with a poor prognosis, with median survivals of 11.0 months, 18.4 months, and 29.8 months in patients showing expression scored as 2, 1, and 0, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that expression of NTS (p = 0.007) and non-surgical therapy (p = 0.004) were independent predictors of poor prognosis. In order to evaluate the role of NTS/NTSR1 complex in mesothelioma progression, in vitro cell invasion assays and wound healing were performed on the mesothelioma cell line, MSTO-211H, and showed that inhibition of the NTS system resulted in a significant reduction of both migration and collagen invasion of mesothelioma cells. The expression of NTS is identified as a prognostic marker in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (Patent EP 08305971.7).

  15. Genetically Modified T Cells in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma

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    2017-08-22

    Advanced Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma; HLA-A*0201 Positive Cells Present; Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma; Recurrent Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma; Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage III Pleural Mesothelioma; Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer; Stage IV Pleural Mesothelioma

  16. Development of new source diagnostic methods and variance reduction techniques for Monte Carlo eigenvalue problems with a focus on high dominance ratio problems

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    Wenner, Michael T.

    Obtaining the solution to the linear Boltzmann equation is often is often a daunting task. The time-independent form is an equation of six independent variables which cannot be solved analytically in all but some special problems. Instead, numerical approaches have been devised. This work focuses on improving Monte Carlo methods for its solution in eigenvalue form. First, a statistical method of stationarity detection called the KPSS test adapted as a Monte Carlo eigenvalue source convergence test. The KPSS test analyzes the source center of mass series which was chosen since it should be indicative of overall source behavior, and is physically easy to understand. A source center of mass plot alone serves as a good visual source convergence diagnostic. The KPSS test and three different information theoretic diagnostics were implemented into the well known KENOV.a code inside of the SCALE (version 5) code package from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and compared through analysis of a simple problem and several difficult source convergence benchmarks. Results showed that the KPSS test can add to the overall confidence by identifying more problematic simulations than without its usage. Not only this, the source center of mass information on hand visually aids in the understanding of the problem physics. The second major focus of this dissertation concerned variance reduction methodologies for Monte Carlo eigenvalue problems. The CADIS methodology, based on importance sampling, was adapted to the eigenvalue problems. It was shown that the straight adaption of importance sampling can provide a significant variance reduction in determination of keff (in cases studied up to 30%?). A modified version of this methodology was developed which utilizes independent deterministic importance simulations. In this new methodology, each particle is simulated multiple times, once to every other discretized source region utilizing the importance for that region only. Since each particle

  17. Modeling of oil spreading in a problem of radar multiangle diagnostics of Sea surface pollutions

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    Matveev, A. Ya.; Kubryakov, A. A.; Boev, A. G.; Bychkov, D. M.; Ivanov, V. K.; Stanichny, S. V.; Tsymbal, V. N.

    2016-12-01

    The possibilities of a multiangle method of radar diagnostics to determine thickness of an oil film on a sea surface by comparing the radar data with the quantitative modeling results obtained using the model of oil spreading dynamics are analyzed. The experimental results of the remote sensing of the Caspian Sea water area near the Neftyanye Kamni oil field by the Envisat-1 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and the new Floating Objects Tracking System (FOTS) model of oil spreading are used for the analysis. The model allows to calculate the dynamics and change in the mass and size of an oil slick basing only on the available data of satellite measurements and atmospheric reanalysis.The model takes into account the main processes that influence the slick formation (gravity spreading, advective transport, dispersion, emulsification, turbulent mixing, and evaporation). This model is used to calculate the thickness evolution and dynamics of the displacement of oil slicks in the period between two consecutive radar images of this region (0.5-4 days) and to estimate the volumes of oil spilled in the field. The good consistence of the height of the oil film calculated using radar measurements and the modeling results confirms the method's reliability.

  18. Secretion of intelectin-1 from malignant pleural mesothelioma into pleural effusion.

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    Tsuji, S; Tsuura, Y; Morohoshi, T; Shinohara, T; Oshita, F; Yamada, K; Kameda, Y; Ohtsu, T; Nakamura, Y; Miyagi, Y

    2010-08-10

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but fatal tumour. Although most MPM patients show pleural effusion at even the early stage, it is hard to diagnose as MPM at the early stage because a sensitive and reliable diagnostic marker for MPM has not been found in plasma or pleural effusion. In this study, we investigated whether intelectin-1 was specifically contained in MPM cells and the pleural effusion of MPM patient by immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Malignant pleural mesothelioma cell lines, but not lung adenocarcinoma cell lines, secreted intelectin-1. In immunohistochemistry, epithelioid-type MPMs, but neither pleura-invading lung adenocarcinomas nor reactive mesothelial cells near the lung adenocarcinomas, were stained with anti-intelectin antibodies. Pleural effusion of MPM patients contained a higher concentration of intelectin-1 than that of lung cancer patients. These results suggest that detection of intelectin-1 may be useful for a differential diagnosis of epithelioid-type MPM in immunohistochemistry and that a high concentration of intelectin-1 in pleural effusion can be used as a new marker for clinical diagnosis of MPM.

  19. Secretion of intelectin-1 from malignant pleural mesothelioma into pleural effusion

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    Tsuji, S; Tsuura, Y; Morohoshi, T; Shinohara, T; Oshita, F; Yamada, K; Kameda, Y; Ohtsu, T; Nakamura, Y; Miyagi, Y

    2010-01-01

    Background: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but fatal tumour. Although most MPM patients show pleural effusion at even the early stage, it is hard to diagnose as MPM at the early stage because a sensitive and reliable diagnostic marker for MPM has not been found in plasma or pleural effusion. Methods: In this study, we investigated whether intelectin-1 was specifically contained in MPM cells and the pleural effusion of MPM patient by immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results: Malignant pleural mesothelioma cell lines, but not lung adenocarcinoma cell lines, secreted intelectin-1. In immunohistochemistry, epithelioid-type MPMs, but neither pleura-invading lung adenocarcinomas nor reactive mesothelial cells near the lung adenocarcinomas, were stained with anti-intelectin antibodies. Pleural effusion of MPM patients contained a higher concentration of intelectin-1 than that of lung cancer patients. Conclusion: These results suggest that detection of intelectin-1 may be useful for a differential diagnosis of epithelioid-type MPM in immunohistochemistry and that a high concentration of intelectin-1 in pleural effusion can be used as a new marker for clinical diagnosis of MPM. PMID:20628387

  20. National survey of malignant mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in Japan.

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    Gemba, Kenichi; Fujimoto, Nobukazu; Kato, Katsuya; Aoe, Keisuke; Takeshima, Yukio; Inai, Kouki; Kishimoto, Takumi

    2012-03-01

    In the present study, malignant mesothelioma (MM) cases in Japan were investigated retrospectively. We extracted records for 6030 cases of death due to MM between 2003 and 2008 to clarify the clinical features of MM, including its association with asbestos exposure (AE). Of all these cases, a clinical diagnosis of MM was confirmed for 929. The origin of MM included the pleura in 794 cases (85.5%), the peritoneum in 123 cases (13.2%), the pericardium in seven cases (0.8%), and the testicular tunica vaginalis in five cases (0.5%). The histological subtypes of MM included 396 epithelioid (55.9%), 154 sarcomatoid (21.7%), 126 biphasic (17.8%), and 33 cases (4.7%) classified as "other types". Of all the MM cases, AE was indicated in 76.8% and pleural plaques were detected in 34.2%. The number of asbestos particles was determined in 103 cases of MM. More than 1000 asbestos particles per gram dried lung tissue were detected in 74.8% of cases and more than 5000 particles were detected in 43.7% of cases. We compared patient characteristics and the diagnostic procedures for MM before and after the "Kubota shock". Compared with the early phase of this study (2003-2005), the median age at diagnosis of MM was higher, the number of cases without definite diagnosis of MM was lower, the proportion of cases diagnosed by thoracoscopy was higher, and the percentage of cases in which the occupational history was described in the medical records was significantly higher in the later phase (2006-2008). Our study confirmed that more than 70% of MM cases in Japan are associated with AE. The "Kubota shock" may affect some features pertaining to MM.

  1. The established and future biomarkers of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Panou, V; Vyberg, M; Weinreich, U M; Meristoudis, C; Falkmer, U G; Røe, O D

    2015-06-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related cancer with a median survival of 12months. The MPM incidence is 1-6/100,000 and is increasing as a result of historic asbestos exposure in industrialized countries and continued use of asbestos in developing countries. Lack of accurate biomarkers makes diagnosis, prognostication and treatment prediction of MPM challenging. The aim of this review is to identify the front line of MPM biomarkers with current or potential clinical impact. Literature search using the PubMed and PLoS One databases, the related-articles function of PubMed and the reference lists of associated publications until April 26th 2015 revealed a plethora of candidate biomarkers. The current gold standard of MPM diagnosis is a combination of two positive and two negative immunohistochemical markers in the epithelioid and biphasic type, but sarcomatous type do not have specific markers, making diagnosis more difficult. Mesothelin in serum and pleural fluid may serve as adjuvant diagnostic with high specificity but low sensitivity. Circulating proteomic and microRNA signatures, fibulin-3, tumor cell gene-ratio test, transcriptomic, lncRNA, glycopeptides, pleural fluid FISH assay, hyaluronate/N-ERC mesothelin and deformability cytometry may be important future markers. Putative predictive markers for pemetrexed-platinum are tumor TS and TYMS, for vinorelbine the ERCC1, beta-tubuline class III and BRCA1. Mutations of the BAP1 gene are potential markers of MPM susceptibility. In conclusion, the current status of MPM biomarkers is not satisfactory but encouraging as more sensitive and specific non-invasive markers are emerging. However, prospective validation is needed before clinical application.

  2. [Aortic coarctation in the recipient in TTTS--diagnostic problems--a case report].

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    Ropacka-Lesiak, Mariola; Kowalska-Jasiecka, Joanna; Kowalska, Katarzyna; Lech, Joanna; Malewski, Wojciech; Breborowicz, Grzegorz

    2012-07-01

    The paper presents a case of coexistence of the aortic coarctation with TTTS. This rare coincidence and hemodynamic disturbances resulting from hypovolemia interfere with the hemodynamic picture of the structural cardiac defect. Prenatal diagnosis is based on the assessment of the size of both ventricles. If the defect is present, the left ventricle is usually smaller than the right one. Coarctation may be also suspected in case there is disparity between large vessels in the mediastinum. Comparison of the width of the aorta, and ductus arteriosus, especially if the rate is 2:1 in favor of the latter may suggest such defect. Furthermore, the finding of continuous flow through the aortic isthmus increases the likelihood of the defect 16-fold. The presence of "coarctation shelf" in color Doppler may suggest the existence of the cardiac defect that will require an intervention. In the present study the aortic coarctation was diagnosed in the recipient, who presented marked features of hypervolemia in venous Doppler studies, and in echocardiographic assessment of the right heart. The paper presents signs of hemodynamic disturbances in Doppler studies and changes of Doppler blood flow parameters observed during therapy (i.e., amnioreduction, fetoscopy). Diagnosis of coarctation may be hindered by the presence of the right heart volume overload, hypertrophy of the heart muscle as a result of associated hemodynamic disturbances in twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. The impact of therapeutic interventions such as amnioreduction and fetoscopy the on cardiovascular hemodynamic parameters of both fetuses is also discussed. Also, a wide ductus arteriosus may make it difficult to diagnose this defect in utero. The paper presents diagnostic and therapeutic management in a case of TITS complicated by an aortic coarctation in the recipient.

  3. An autopsy case of malignant mesothelioma associated with asbestosis.

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    Watanabe, M; Kimura, N; Kato, M; Iwami, D; Takahashi, M; Nagura, H

    1994-01-01

    An autopsy case of malignant mesothelioma with asbestosis caused by asbestos exposure for 17 years is reported. Autopsy revealed that mesothelioma spread extensively in all serosal tissues including pleura, pericardium, diaphragm, peritoneum and tunica vaginalis testis. Histopathologically, most of the tumor showed an epithelial form, but sarcomatous and microcystic patterns were also observed. The tumor cells had abundant glycogen and hyaluronic acid and, immunohistochemically, they were positive for cytokeratin, vimentin and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA). Long, slender microvilli were characteristically observed in these tumor cells. All of these data were compatible with malignant mesothelioma. Procollagen type I (procol.l) immunostaining was performed to reveal the mesenchymal character of mesothelioma. Both epithelial-type cells and sarcomatous-type cells showed positive staining for procol.l, although the latter showed stronger immunoreactivity. Immunostaining for procol.l was found to be one of the useful tools for distinguishing mesothelioma from adenocarcinoma. Using an extraction method for asbestos fibers, asbestos bodies were found in many tissues including lymph nodes, liver, small intestine, spleen, kidney, testis and pleura, in addition to lung parenchyma. Although multiple tumor metastases from an undetermined primary site is not ruled out, 'multifocal tumorigenesis' is suspected from the widespread deposit of asbestos fibers.

  4. Mapping the risk of mesothelioma due to neighborhood asbestos exposure.

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    Kurumatani, Norio; Kumagai, Shinji

    2008-09-15

    Little is known about neighborhood exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma risk among residents around an industrial source of asbestos. To investigate the magnitude of the risk among residents by asbestos exposure levels and to determine the range of the area affected by asbestos. We calculated standardized mortality ratios of mesothelioma from 1995 to 2006 among the estimated population at risk that lived around a former large asbestos cement pipe plant in Amagasaki City, Japan, between 1957 and 1975, the time when the plant had used crocidolite and chrysotile. The distance between the plant and homes and relative asbestos concentrations obtained by diffusion equations involving meteorological conditions were used to determine asbestos exposure levels among residents. We identified 73 mesothelioma deaths of 35 men and 38 women who had no occupational exposure to asbestos. Among persons who had lived within a 300-m radius of the plant, the standardized mortality ratio of mesothelioma was 13.9 (95% confidence interval, 5.6-28.7) for men and 41.1 (95% confidence interval, 15.2-90.1) for women. When the study area was divided into five regions by relative asbestos concentration, standardized mortality ratios of mesothelioma declined, for both sexes, in a linear dose-dependent manner with concentration. The regions with a significantly elevated standardized mortality ratio reached 2,200 m from the plant in the same direction in which the wind predominantly blew. Neighborhood exposure to asbestos can pose a serious risk to residents across a wide area.

  5. Projection of mesothelioma mortality in Britain using Bayesian methods

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    Tan, E; Warren, N; Darnton, A J; Hodgson, J T

    2010-01-01

    Background: Mesothelioma mortality has increased more than ten-fold over the past 40 years in Great Britain, with >1700 male deaths recorded in the British mesothelioma register in 2006. Annual mesothelioma deaths now account for >1% of all cancer deaths. A Poisson regression model based on a previous work by Hodgson et al has been fitted, which has allowed informed statistical inferences about model parameters and predictions of future mesothelioma mortality to be made. Methods: In the Poisson regression model, the mesothelioma risk of an individual depends on the average collective asbestos dose for the individual in a given year and an age-specific exposure potential. The model has been fitted to the data within a Bayesian framework using the Metropolis–Hastings algorithm, a Markov Chain Monte Carlo technique, providing credible intervals for model parameters as well as prediction intervals for the number of future cases of mortality. Results: Males were most likely to have been exposed to asbestos between the ages of 30 and 49 years, with the peak year of asbestos exposure estimated to be 1963. The estimated number of background cases was 1.08 cases per million population. Conclusion: Mortality among males is predicted to peak at approximately 2040 deaths in the year 2016, with a rapid decline thereafter. Approximately 91 000 deaths are predicted to occur from 1968 to 2050 with around 61 000 of these occurring from 2007 onwards. PMID:20628377

  6. Reactive oxygen species a double-edged sword for mesothelioma.

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    Benedetti, Serena; Nuvoli, Barbara; Catalani, Simona; Galati, Rossella

    2015-07-10

    It is well known that oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation which, in turn, could mediate most chronic diseases including cancer. Oxidants have been implicated in the activity of crocidolite and amosite, the most powerful types of asbestos associated to the occurrence of mesothelioma. Currently rates of mesothelioma are rising and estimates indicate that the incidence of mesothelioma will peak within the next 10-15 years in the western world, while in Japan the peak is predicted not to occur until 40 years from now. Although the use of asbestos has been banned in many countries around the world, production of and the potentially hazardous exposure to asbestos is still present with locally high incidences of mesothelioma. Today a new man-made material, carbon nanotubes, has arisen as a concern; carbon nanotubes may display 'asbestos-like' pathogenicity with mesothelioma induction potential. Carbon nanotubes resulted in the greatest reactive oxygen species generation. How oxidative stress activates inflammatory pathways leading to the transformation of a normal cell to a tumor cell, to tumor cell survival, proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis, chemoresistance, and radioresistance, is the aim of this review.

  7. Reactive oxygen species a double-edged sword for mesothelioma

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    Catalani, Simona; Galati, Rossella

    2015-01-01

    It is well known that oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation which, in turn, could mediate most chronic diseases including cancer. Oxidants have been implicated in the activity of crocidolite and amosite, the most powerful types of asbestos associated to the occurrence of mesothelioma. Currently rates of mesothelioma are rising and estimates indicate that the incidence of mesothelioma will peak within the next 10–15 years in the western world, while in Japan the peak is predicted not to occur until 40 years from now. Although the use of asbestos has been banned in many countries around the world, production of and the potentially hazardous exposure to asbestos is still present with locally high incidences of mesothelioma. Today a new man-made material, carbon nanotubes, has arisen as a concern; carbon nanotubes may display ‘asbestos-like’ pathogenicity with mesothelioma induction potential. Carbon nanotubes resulted in the greatest reactive oxygen species generation. How oxidative stress activates inflammatory pathways leading to the transformation of a normal cell to a tumor cell, to tumor cell survival, proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis, chemoresistance, and radioresistance, is the aim of this review. PMID:26078352

  8. Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma incidence and mortality in Bulgaria.

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    Vangelova, Katya; Dimitrova, Irina

    2016-06-01

    Bulgaria totally banned the import, production and use of asbestos in 2005, but produced and used asbestos products during the last 3-4 decades of the 20th century. The aim of this study was to follow the incidence and mortality of mesothelioma in Bulgaria in relation to past occupational exposures. A literature search between 1960 and 2014 was conducted to obtain information on asbestos consumption, occupational exposure and asbestos-related diseases (ARDs). Data on registered mesotheliomas were provided by the National Cancer Register and data for recognized occupational ARDs were provided by the National Social Security Institute. An increase in the incidence of mesothelioma from 5 to 58 from 1993 to 2013, with 666 cases in the 21-year period, was registered. Incidence, mortality rates, deaths and male-to-female ratios and were lower in comparison to industrialized countries. The increase in mesothelioma incidence is considered as a consequence of more recent production and use of asbestos and asbestos products and the high occupational exposure between 1977 and 1989, while the lower rate of mesothelioma deaths and male-to-female ratio need to be investigated further.

  9. Emerging insights into the biology and therapy of malignant mesothelioma.

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    Vogelzang, Nicholas J

    2002-12-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy that may be caused by environmental carcinogens (asbestos and erionite), viruses (SV40), and genetic predisposition. Pleural malignant mesotheliomas are far more common than the peritoneal variants. Diagnosis relies on radiographic studies as well as histology and molecular biologic analyses. The prognostic scoring systems of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer are the most useful of those currently available. These systems rate performance status, age, histology, and hematologic parameters as the best prognostic factors for mesothelioma. Most patients with mesothelioma are not candidates for surgical or radiotherapy treatment, and cytotoxic agents are the only options. Historically, no classes or combinations of agents consistently yielded response rates over 20%. Recently, pemetrexed has been evaluated in phase I, II, and III clinical trials with promising results. The phase II trial showed an overall response rate of 14.1% with a 1-year survival rate of 47.8%. A phase III trial of cisplatin versus cisplatin and pemetrexed closed in February 2002 and a final analysis was presented in May 2002. Novel targeted agents are also being tested in clinical trials among mesothelioma patients and include drugs inhibiting the vascular endothelial growth factor and its receptor, the epidermal growth factor receptor, and platelet-derived growth factor receptor.

  10. Occurrence of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma after surgery and irradiation for cervical cancer

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    Beier, K.M.; Gallup, D.G.; Burgess, R.; Stock, R.J.

    1984-03-01

    Mesothelioma of the peritoneal cavity after irradiation is rare, and the diagnosis is sometimes difficult to establish. The following case is a report of a mesothelioma occurring 9 years after radiation therapy for carcinoma of the cervix. In this patient, who had a hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy 7 years prior to the mesothelioma diagnosis, the histologic, histochemical, and ultrastructural findings were all consistent with a diagnosis of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. It is believed that this case is one of the first well-documented cases of peritoneal mesothelioma in a female who was treated by pelvic irradiation for another neoplasm.

  11. High dose of ascorbic acid induces cell death in mesothelioma cells.

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    Takemura, Yukitoshi; Satoh, Motohiko; Satoh, Kiyotoshi; Hamada, Hironobu; Sekido, Yoshitaka; Kubota, Shunichiro

    2010-04-02

    Malignant mesothelioma is an asbestos-related fatal disease with no effective cure. Recently, high dose of ascorbate in cancer treatment has been reexamined. We studied whether high dose of ascorbic acid induced cell death of four human mesothelioma cell lines. High dose of ascorbic acid induced cell death of all mesothelioma cell lines in a dose-dependent manner. We further clarified the cell killing mechanism that ascorbic acid induced reactive oxygen species and impaired mitochondrial membrane potential. In vivo experiment, intravenous administration of ascorbic acid significantly decreased the growth rate of mesothelioma tumor inoculated in mice. These data suggest that ascorbic acid may have benefits for patients with mesothelioma.

  12. Diagnostic problems among chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other indolent B-cell leukemias in a Japanese population.

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    Isobe, Yasushi; Tomomatsu, Junichi; Tsukune, Yutaka; Tsukada, Nobuhiro; Sasaki, Makoto; Sugimoto, Koichi; Komatsu, Norio

    2012-01-01

    Japanese chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) provides a diagnostic dilemma due to the low incidence and the heterogeneity shown in its morphology and immunophenotype. We clarified the diagnostic problems in Japanese CLL through our retrospective observation. Between 2006 and 2011, we found a total of 48 cases with CLL and other indolent B-cell leukemias. We made a diagnosis of true CLL based on clinical, laboratory, immunophenotypic and cytogenetic data. Among the 48 cases, only 28 cases (58.3%) were diagnosed with true CLL. Morphologic evaluation using a forced-air dried preparation alone is not helpful to distinguish CLL from other indolent B-cell leukemias, including hairy cell leukemia, mantle cell lymphoma, lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, and splenic marginal zone lymphoma. CLL immunophenotypic score should be more strictly applied in Japan than in Western countries. Fluorescence in situ hybridization for CCND1/IGH, the presence of leukocytosis and lymphadenopathy at diagnosis, and the morphological evaluation using naturally air dried preparations are important clues to make a correct diagnosis of Japanese CLL.

  13. Ionized gas diagnostics from protoplanetary discs in the Orion nebula and the abundance discrepancy problem

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    Mesa-Delgado, A.; Núñez-Díaz, M.; Esteban, C.; García-Rojas, J.; Flores-Fajardo, N.; López-Martín, L.; Tsamis, Y. G.; Henney, W. J.

    2012-10-01

    We present results from integral field spectroscopy of a field located near the Trapezium Cluster using the Potsdam Multi-Aperture Spectrophotometer (PMAS). The observed field contains a variety of morphological structures: five externally ionized protoplanetary discs (also known as proplyds), the high-velocity jet HH 514 and a bowshock. Spatial distribution maps are obtained for different emission line fluxes, the c(Hβ) extinction coefficient, electron densities and temperatures, ionic abundances of different ions from collisionally excited lines (CELs), C2 + and O2 + abundances from recombination lines (RLs) and the abundance discrepancy factor of O2 +, ADF(O2 +). We distinguish the three most prominent proplyds (177-341, 170-337 and 170-334) and analyse their impact on the spatial distributions of the above mentioned quantities. We find that collisional de-excitation has a major influence on the line fluxes in the proplyds. If this is not properly accounted for then physical conditions deduced from commonly used line ratios will be in error, leading to unreliable chemical abundances for these objects. We obtain the intrinsic emission of the proplyds 177-341, 170-337 and 170-334 by a direct subtraction of the background emission, though the last two present some background contamination due to their small sizes. A detailed analysis of 177-341 spectra making use of suitable density diagnostics reveals the presence of high-density gas (3.8 × 105 cm-3) in contrast to the typical values observed in the background gas of the nebula (3800 cm-3). We also explore how the background subtraction could be affected by the possible opacity of the proplyd and its effect on the derivation of physical conditions and chemical abundances of the proplyd 177-341. We construct a physical model for the proplyd 177-341 finding a good agreement between the predicted and observed line ratios. Finally, we find that the use of reliable physical conditions returns an ADF(O2 +) about zero

  14. Urinary tract infections in pregnancy: old and new unresolved diagnostic and therapeutic problems

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    Małyszko, Jolanta; Wieliczko, Monika

    2015-01-01

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in pregnant women and pose a great therapeutic challenge, since the risk of serious complications in both the mother and her child is high. Pregnancy is a state associated with physiological, structural and functional urinary tract changes which promote ascending infections from the urethra. Unlike the general population, all pregnant women should be screened for bacteriuria with urine culture, and asymptomatic bacteriuria must be treated in every case that is diagnosed, as it is an important risk factor for pyelonephritis in this population. The antibiotic chosen should have a good maternal and fetal safety profile. In this paper, current principles of diagnosis and management of UTI in pregnancy are reviewed, and the main problems and controversies are identified and discussed. PMID:25861291

  15. Diagnostic and management problems in a complex case of connective tissue disease.

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    Yeap, S S; Deighton, C M; Powell, R J; Read, R C; Finch, R G

    1995-12-01

    A 28-year-old Nigerian woman presented with persistent pyrexia, marked pruritus, eosinophilia, myalgias, flitting arthralgias, serositis and massive splenomegaly. Intensive investigation for an infective or neoplastic aetiology proved negative. Empirical treatment for helminthic infections and tuberculosis was unhelpful. Although there were no specific clues to suggest an underlying connective tissue disease, a trial of steriods and azathioprine was introduced, with no obvious response. Her condition deteriorated to a point where it was decided that intravenous immunosuppressive therapy was needed and subsequently, her condition improved remarkably. This patient illustrates the problems in the diagnosis and management of complex disorders, particularly when classical tests for connective tissue diseases are absent. Also, we would like to report that marked pruritus can be associated with connective tissue disease.

  16. Diagnostic and management problems in a complex case of connective tissue disease.

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    Yeap, S. S.; Deighton, C. M.; Powell, R. J.; Read, R. C.; Finch, R. G.

    1995-01-01

    A 28-year-old Nigerian woman presented with persistent pyrexia, marked pruritis, eosinophilia, myalgias, flitting arthralgias, serositis and massive splenomegaly. Intensive investigation for an infective or neoplastic aetiology proved negative. Empirical treatment for helminthic infections and tuberculosis was unhelpful. Although there were no specific clues to suggest an underlying connective tissue disease, a trial of steriods and azathioprine was introduced, with no obvious response. Her condition deteriorated to a point where it was decided that intravenous immunosuppressive therapy was needed and subsequently, her condition improved remarkably. This patient illustrates the problems in the diagnosis and management of complex disorders, particularly when classical tests for connective tissue diseases are absent. Also, we would like to report that marked pruritis can be associated with connective tissue disease. PMID:8552544

  17. On the problem of density diagnostics for the EUV spectrum of the solar transition zone

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    Doschek, G. A.; Feldman, U.

    1977-01-01

    Spectral-line ratios that may be used to determine the electron temperature and density in the solar transition zone and corona are identified. The problem of interpreting the intensity ratios of C III lines observed in Skylab EUV limb spectra is considered. It is shown that the intensity distribution with height above the solar limb of the 1176-A C III lines is different from that of the 1909-A C III lines in the Skylab spectra, suggesting that model atmospheres must be folded into the C III calculations for proper interpretation of the data. Possible reasons for the differences in the intensity distributions and widths of the 1176-A and 1909-A lines are discussed along with an application to the analogous lines of Si III.

  18. Cul4A overexpression associated with Gli1 expression in malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Yang, Yi -Lin; Ni, Jian; Hsu, Ping -Chih; ...

    2015-07-27

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma) is a highly aggressive cancer without an effective treatment. Cul4A, a scaffold protein that recruits substrates for degradation, is amplified in several human cancers, including mesothelioma. We have recently shown that Cul4A plays an oncogenic role in vitro and in a mouse model. In this study, we analysed clinical mesothelioma tumours and found moderate to strong expression of Cul4A in 70.9% (51/72) of these tumours, as shown by immunohistochemistry. In 72.2% mesothelioma tumours with increased Cul4A copy number identified by fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis, Cul4A protein expression was moderate to strong. Similarly, Cul4A was overexpressedmore » and Cul4A copy number was increased in human mesothelioma cell lines. Because Gli1 is highly expressed in human mesothelioma cells, we compared Cul4A and Gli1 expression in mesothelioma tumours and found their expression associated (P < 0.05, chi-square). In mesothelioma cell lines, inhibiting Cul4A by siRNA decreased Gli1 expression, suggesting that Gli1 expression is, at least in part, regulated by Cul4A in mesothelioma cells. Our results suggest a linkage between Cul4A and Gli1 expression in human mesothelioma.« less

  19. Susceptibility and resistance in the genesis of asbestos-related mesothelioma

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    Bianchi, Claudio; Bianchi, Tommaso

    2008-01-01

    Asbestos is the principal agent in the etiology of malignant mesothelioma. However, a small proportion of people exposed to asbestos develop mesothelioma. This suggests the role of host factors in the genesis of the tumor. A genetic susceptibility is suggested by the occurrence of more mesothelioma cases among blood-related members of a single family. Such an occurrence reached about 4% in a large mesothelioma series. In some studies, mesothelioma patients showed higher prevalences of additional malignancies when compared with controls. This indicates a particular vulnerability to cancer in people with mesothelioma. Not rarely, very old persons heavily exposed to asbestos remain free from asbestos-related cancer, a fact indicating an absolute resistance to the oncogenic effects of asbestos. A relative resistance may be recognized in people severely exposed to asbestos who develop mesothelioma only after 60 years or more since the onset of the exposure. The long survivals, rarely observed among mesothelioma patients, have been attributed to a high efficiency of immune mechanisms. Mesotheliomas have been reported among people with severe immune impairment, such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients or organ transplant recipients. The natural history of mesothelioma shows that a resistance to the oncogenic effects of asbestos does exist. Probably, such a resistance is due to the efficient immune mechanisms. To strengthen the defence mechanisms may represent a way for preventing mesothelioma among people exposed to asbestos. PMID:20040979

  20. Cul4A overexpression associated with Gli1 expression in malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Yang, Yi -Lin; Ni, Jian; Hsu, Ping -Chih; Mao, Jian -Hua; Hsieh, David; Xu, Angela; Chan, Geraldine; Au, Alfred; Xu, Zhidong; Jablons, David M.; You, Liang

    2015-07-27

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma) is a highly aggressive cancer without an effective treatment. Cul4A, a scaffold protein that recruits substrates for degradation, is amplified in several human cancers, including mesothelioma. We have recently shown that Cul4A plays an oncogenic role in vitro and in a mouse model. In this study, we analysed clinical mesothelioma tumours and found moderate to strong expression of Cul4A in 70.9% (51/72) of these tumours, as shown by immunohistochemistry. In 72.2% mesothelioma tumours with increased Cul4A copy number identified by fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis, Cul4A protein expression was moderate to strong. Similarly, Cul4A was overexpressed and Cul4A copy number was increased in human mesothelioma cell lines. Because Gli1 is highly expressed in human mesothelioma cells, we compared Cul4A and Gli1 expression in mesothelioma tumours and found their expression associated (P < 0.05, chi-square). In mesothelioma cell lines, inhibiting Cul4A by siRNA decreased Gli1 expression, suggesting that Gli1 expression is, at least in part, regulated by Cul4A in mesothelioma cells. Our results suggest a linkage between Cul4A and Gli1 expression in human mesothelioma.

  1. Mesothelioma from asbestos exposures: Epidemiologic patterns and impact in the United States.

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    Lemen, Richard A

    2016-01-01

    Mesothelioma, a rare tumor, is highly correlated with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma, similar to all asbestos-related diseases, is dose/intensity dependent to some degree, and studies showed the risk of mesothelioma rises with cumulative exposures. Multiple processes occur in an individual before mesothelioma occurs. The impact of mesothelioma in the United States has been continuous over the last half century, claiming between 2,000 and 3,000 lives each year. Mesothelioma is a preventable tumor that is more frequently reported as associated with asbestos exposure among men than women. However, the rate of asbestos-associated mesothelioma is on the rise among women due to better investigation into their histories of asbestos exposure. It is of interest that investigators detected asbestos-associated cases of mesothelioma in women from nonoccupational sources-that is, bystander, incidental, or take-home exposures. It is postulated that asbestos-associated mesotheliomas, in both men and women, are likely underreported. However, with the implementation of the most recent ICD-10 coding system, the correlation of mesothelioma with asbestos exposure is expected to rise to approximately 80% in the United States. This study examined the demographic and etiological nature of asbestos-related mesothelioma.

  2. Malignant mesothelioma due to non-occupational asbestos exposure from the Italian national surveillance system (ReNaM): epidemiology and public health issues.

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    Marinaccio, Alessandro; Binazzi, Alessandra; Bonafede, Michela; Corfiati, Marisa; Di Marzio, Davide; Scarselli, Alberto; Verardo, Marina; Mirabelli, Dario; Gennaro, Valerio; Mensi, Carolina; Schallemberg, Gert; Merler, Enzo; Negro, Corrado; Romanelli, Antonio; Chellini, Elisabetta; Silvestri, Stefano; Cocchioni, Mario; Pascucci, Cristiana; Stracci, Fabrizio; Ascoli, Valeria; Trafficante, Luana; Angelillo, Italo; Musti, Marina; Cavone, Domenica; Cauzillo, Gabriella; Tallarigo, Federico; Tumino, Rosario; Melis, Massimo

    2015-09-01

    Italy produced and imported a large amount of raw asbestos, up to the ban in 1992, with a peak in the period between 1976 and 1980 at about 160,000 tons/year. The National Register of Mesotheliomas (ReNaM, "Registro Nazionale dei Mesoteliomi" in Italian), a surveillance system of mesothelioma incidence, has been active since 2002, operating through a regional structure. The Operating Regional Center (COR) actively researches cases and defines asbestos exposure on the basis of national guidelines. Diagnostic, demographic and exposure characteristics of non-occupationally exposed cases are analysed and described with respect to occupationally exposed cases. Standardised incidence rates for pleural mesothelioma in 2008 were 3.84 (per 100,000) for men and 1.45 for women, respectively. Among the 15,845 mesothelioma cases registered between 1993 and 2008, exposure to asbestos fibres was investigated for 12,065 individuals (76.1%), identifying 530 (4.4%) with familial exposure (they lived with an occupationally exposed cohabitant), 514 (4.3%) with environmental exposure to asbestos (they lived near sources of asbestos pollution and were never occupationally exposed) and 188 (1.6%) exposed through hobby-related or other leisure activities. Clusters of cases due to environmental exposure are mainly related to the presence of asbestos-cement industry plants (Casale Monferrato, Broni, Bari), to shipbuilding and repair activities (Monfalcone, Trieste, La Spezia, Genova) and soil contamination (Biancavilla in Sicily). Asbestos pollution outside the workplace contributes significantly to the burden of asbestos-related diseases, suggesting the need to prevent exposures and to discuss how to deal with compensation rights for malignant mesothelioma cases induced by non-occupational exposure to asbestos. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  3. [Recurrent benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma: Approach to this rare condition].

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    García-Mayor Fernández, Ricardo Lucas; Fernández-González, María; López-Rodríguez, Alberto; Martínez-Almeida Fernández, Rafael

    Benign multicystic mesothelioma is a rare benign tumour derived from the peritoneal mesothelium. The aim of this paper is to present a case of this rare tumour and review the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. The case is presented of a 22-year-old female diagnosed with multicystic mesothelioma after an urgent resection of intra-abdominal tumour in the context of acute abdominal pain. In the subsequent follow-up, the patient had a recurrence of the lesion, and at 2 years was treated by further resection. Benign multicystic mesothelioma is a benign tumour of unknown origin, and with a non-specific clinical manifestation. The most effective treatment is surgical, although there is a high tendency to local recurrence. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  4. Multiple distant metastases in a case of malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Tertemiz, Kemal Can; Ozgen Alpaydin, Aylin; Gurel, Duygu; Savas, Recep; Gulcu, Aytac; Akkoclu, Atila

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a malignant of mesodermal neoplasm and arises from multipotential mesothelial or subserosal cells of the pleura, pericardium and peritoneum. Case A seventy five year-old male patient was admitted with chest and lower limb pain. He was a heavy smoker and exposed to environmental asbestos in his childhood. PET-CT scans showed multiple pathological FDG uptakes in lungs and other organs. Biopsies performed from lung and anterior thigh muscles were reported as epitheloid type malignant pleural mesothelioma. Discussion We emphasize that unexpected distant metastases can be observed in MPM and occasionally primary diagnosis can be determined by the biopsy of the metastatic regions. This case also points out the role of PET-CT in the staging of malign mesothelioma by determining different metastatic sites. PMID:26029551

  5. Laparoscopic diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma presenting with pseudoachalasia

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    Saino, Greta; Bona, Davide; Nencioni, Marco; Rubino, Barbara; Bonavina, Luigi

    2009-01-01

    Pseudoachalasia due to pleural mesothelioma is an extremely rare condition. A 70-year-old woman presented with progressive dysphagia for solid and liquids and a mild weight loss. A barium swallow study revealed an esophageal dilatation and a smoothly narrowed esophagogastric junction. An esophageal manometry showed absence of peristalsis. Endoscopy demonstrated an extrinsic stenosis of the distal esophagus with negative biopsies. A marked thickening of the distal esophagus and a right-sided pleural effusion were evident at computed tomography (CT) scan, but cytological examination of the thoracic fluid was negative. Endoscopic ultrasound showed the disappearance of the distal esophageal wall stratification and thickening of the esophageal wall. The patient underwent an explorative laparoscopy. Biopsies of the esophageal muscle were consistent with the diagnosis of epithelioid type pleural mesothelioma. An esophageal stent was placed for palliation of dysphagia. The patient died four months after the diagnosis. This is the first reported case of pleural mesothelioma diagnosed through laparoscopy. PMID:19630117

  6. Malignant mesothelioma in non-asbestos textile workers in Florence

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    Paci, E.; Dini, S.; Buiatti, E.; Seniori Costantini, A.; Lenzi, S.; Zappa, M.

    1987-01-01

    By means of a review of histological diagnosis in the Pathology Department of the University of Florence, suspected cases of malignant mesothelioma, diagnosed in the period 1979-1984, were identified. Study of histological specimens permitted the selection of 13 cases of malignant mesothelioma resident in the Province of Florence. To these cases, referents were matched for age, sex, and year of hospital admission, with residence weighted for the general population of the Province. Both cases and referents (or their next of kin) completed an occupational questionnaire detailing possible occupational exposures. Out of the 13 cases of mesothelioma, 6 were textile workers and 5 of these were rag-sorters. There were only 5 textile workers among the 52 controls. No asbestos cloth production plants have been in operation in the area from which the cases and referents are derived. Possible sources of exposure to asbestos in the textile industry of this area are discussed.

  7. Benign Cystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma Revealed by Small Bowel Obstruction

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    Bray Madoué, Kaimba; Boniface, Moifo; Annick Laure, Edzimbi; Pierre, Herve

    2016-01-01

    Benign cystic peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare tumor which frequently occurs in women of reproductive age. Abdominal pain associated with pelvic or abdominal mass is the common clinical presentation. We report the case of a 22-year-old woman with a pathological proved benign cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum revealed by a small bowel obstruction and a painful left-sided pelvic mass with signs of psoitis. Contrast enhanced abdominal CT-scan demonstrated a large pelvic cystic mass with mass effect on rectosigmoid and pelvic organs. The patient underwent surgical removal of the tumor. Pathological examination revealed the diagnosis of benign cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum. The outcome was excellent with a 12-month recoil. PMID:27066288

  8. Advances in the systemic therapy of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Fennell, Dean A; Gaudino, Giovanni; O'Byrne, Kenneth J; Mutti, Luciano; van Meerbeeck, Jan

    2008-03-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive thoracic malignancy associated with exposure to asbestos, and its incidence is anticipated to increase during the first half of this century. Chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment, yet sufficiently robust evidence to substantiate the current standard of care has emerged only in the past 5 years. This Review summarizes the evidence supporting the clinical activity of chemotherapy, discusses the use of end points for its assessment and examines the influence of clinical and biochemical prognostic factors on the natural history of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Early-phase clinical trials of second-line and novel agents are emerging from an increased understanding of mesothelioma cell biology. Coupled with high-quality translational research, such developments have real potential to improve the outlook of patients at a time of increasing incidence.

  9. Modeling Mesothelioma Risk Associated with Environmental Asbestos Exposure

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    Maule, Milena Maria; Magnani, Corrado; Dalmasso, Paola; Mirabelli, Dario; Merletti, Franco; Biggeri, Annibale

    2007-01-01

    Background Environmental asbestos pollution can cause malignant mesothelioma, but few studies have involved dose–response analyses with detailed information on occupational, domestic, and environmental exposures. Objectives In the present study, we examined the spatial variation of mesothelioma risk in an area with high levels of asbestos pollution from an industrial plant, adjusting for occupational and domestic exposures. Methods This population-based case–control study included 103 incident cases of mesothelioma and 272 controls in 1987–1993 in the area around Casale Monferrato, Italy, where an important asbestos cement plant had been active for decades. Information collected included lifelong occupational and residential histories. Mesothelioma risk was estimated through logistic regression and a mixed additive–multiplicative model in which an additive scale was assumed for the risk associated with both residential distance from the plant and occupational exposures. The adjusted excess risk gradient by residential distance was modeled as an exponential decay with a threshold. Results Residents at the location of the asbestos cement factory had a relative risk for mesothelioma of 10.5 [95% confidence interval (CI), 3.8–50.1), adjusted for occupational and domestic exposures. Risk decreased rapidly with increasing distance from the factory, but at 10-km the risk was still 60% of its value at the source. The relative risk for occupational exposure was 6.0 (95% CI, 2.9–13.0), but this increased to 27.5 (95% CI, 7.8–153.4) when adjusted for residential distance. Conclusions This study provides strong evidence that asbestos pollution from an industrial source greatly increases mesothelioma risk. Furthermore, relative risks from occupational exposure were underestimated and were markedly increased when adjusted for residential distance. PMID:17637924

  10. Malignant Mesothelioma in a Motor Vehicle Mechanic.

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    Meisenkothen, Christopher

    2017-02-01

    Case reports remain an important source of data in the debate over the carcinogenic effect of asbestos-containing automotive friction products. This report documents a case of pleural mesothelioma accompanied by asbestos bodies in the lung tissue of a career auto mechanic with no other known sources of exposure. Previously unreported historical and contemporary exposure data are also discussed in the context of providing additional support for the proposition that work with asbestos-containing automotive products presents a risk of significant exposure. While there remains a body of negative epidemiology that fails to find an increased risk of disease among auto workers, those data must be approached with caution. Many of those studies have drawn technical criticisms, which are beyond the scope of this report, but they remain a key part of the legal defense mounted by defendant-companies who are involved in asbestos-related litigation. This ongoing debate provides the context for the continued relevance of case reports such as this one, as well as the presentation of new and previously unpublished exposure data.

  11. Cellular and Molecular Parameters of Mesothelioma

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    Ramos-Nino, Maria E.; Testa, Joseph R.; Altomare, Deborah A.; Pass, Harvey I.; Carbone, Michele; Bocchetta, Maurizio; Mossman, Brooke T.

    2009-01-01

    Malignant mesotheliomas (MM) are neoplasms arising from mesothelial cells that line the body cavities, most commonly the pleural and peritoneal cavities. Although traditionally recognized as associated with occupational asbestos exposures, MMs can appear in individuals with no documented exposures to asbestos fibers, and emerging data suggest that genetic susceptibility and simian virus 40 (SV40) infections also facilitate the development of MMs. Both asbestos exposure and transfection of human mesothelial cells with SV40 large and small antigens (Tag, tag) cause genetic modifications and cell signaling events, most notably the induction of cell survival pathways and activation of receptors, and other proteins that favor the growth and establishment of MMs as well as their resistance to chemotherapy. Recent advances in high-throughput technologies documenting gene and protein expression in patients and animal models of MMs can now be validated in human MM tissue arrays. These have revealed expression profiles that allow more accurate diagnosis and prognosis of MMs. More importantly, serum proteomics has revealed two new candidates (osteopontin and serum mesothelin-related protein or SMRP) potentially useful in screening individuals for MMs. These mechanistic approaches offer new hope for early detection and treatment of these devastating tumors. PMID:16795078

  12. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma and Crohn disease.

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    Butnor, Kelly J; Pavlisko, Elizabeth N; Sporn, Thomas A; Roggli, Victor L

    2017-03-01

    Mesothelial reaction simulating peritoneal diffuse malignant mesothelioma (MM) has been reported in the setting of Crohn ileitis. To our knowledge, peritoneal MM arising in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has not been reported. The purpose of this study is to report the clinicopathological characteristics of patients with peritoneal MM and IBD. A database of approximately 3800 MM was reviewed for cases of MM in patients with IBD. Three patients (0.08%) with peritoneal MM and Crohn disease (CD) were identified, including two women and one man ranging in age from 56 to 65 years. All had a long-standing history of diarrhoea and an established diagnosis of CD of 3 years or greater duration. Two had epithelial MM and one had biphasic MM. Only one had documented asbestos exposure. Peritoneal MM occurs rarely in patients with IBD, but interestingly, has only been observed in the setting of CD and not in patients with ulcerative colitis. Chronic inflammation has been associated with the development of MM in rare instances and these three cases suggest that CD with transmural inflammation may also be a precursor. The precise role of CD-related transmural inflammation in the carcinogenesis of peritoneal MM remains to be determined. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  13. Photodynamic therapy of malignant mesothelioma of pleura

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    Warloe, Trond; Heyerdahl, Helen; Peng, Qian; Hoie, J.; Normann, E.; Solheim, O.; Moan, Johan; Giercksky, Karl-Erik

    1995-03-01

    Nine patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma underwent extensive surgery followed by intra-operative photodynamic therapy. Two mg/kg Photofrin was given 48 hours prior to surgery. The thoracic cavity and eventual remaining lung were exposed to 15 - 30 Joules/cm2 of 630 nm laser light. Tumor tissue was analyzed by microscopic photometrical techniques. Five patients with mixed or epithelioid tumors with fluorescence intensity > 100 gray level/pixel seemed to benefit from the given therapy. One patient was free of disease 18 months after treatment. Two patients were treated for metastasis after 12 months with no sign of intrathoracic recurrence. Both are still alive, one without further sign of disease 32 months after initial treatment. Two patients presented generalized disease after 9 and 13 months and intrathoracic recurrence several months later. Two patients with poorly differentiated tumors and 2 patients with moderate to highly differentiated tumors, but with fluorescence intensity < 100 gray level/pixel, presented recurrences after 4 months. PDT-efficiency seems to be predicted by the intensity and distribution of drug-induced fluorescence in tumor tissue. PDT may enhance the possibility to achieve complete local tumor control after excision. Multimodal therapeutic approach of local and systemic disease seems mandatory to further improve survival.

  14. Cytology of benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma in peritoneal washings.

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    Assaly, M; Bongiovanni, M; Kumar, N; Egger, J-F; Pelte, M-F; Genevay, M; Finci, V; Tschanz, E; Pache, J-C

    2008-08-01

    To describe the cytological aspect of peritoneal washings in benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (BMPM). Three peritoneal washing specimens stained by standard cytological and histological procedures and analysed by light microscopy. The specimens showed an abundance of monomorphous mesothelial cells devoid of atypia or mitoses. The mesothelial cells were calretinin positive. They also showed numerous squamous metaplastic cells arranged in flat sheets or isolated cells. The background contained some inflammatory cells. The combination of cytology of the peritoneal washing, histology (cell block and surgical specimen) and clinical history allow differentiation of BMPM from other cystic lesions (cystic lymphangioma and malignant mesothelioma).

  15. [Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma in a patient with Crohn disease].

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    Fluxá, Daniela; Kronberg, Udo; Lubascher, Jaime; O'Brien, Andrés; Las Heras, Facundo; Ibáñez, Patricio; Quera, Rodrigo

    2016-12-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma is an uncommon lesion arising from the peritoneal mesothelium. It is asymptomatic or presents with unspecific symptoms. Imaging techniques may reveal it, however the final diagnosis can only be made by histopathology. Surgery is the only effective treatment considering its high recurrence rate. We report a 19 years old male with Crohn’s disease. Due to persistent abdominal pain, an abdominal magnetic resonance imaging was performed, showing a complex cystic mass in the lower abdomen. The patient underwent surgery and the lesion was completely resected. The pathological study reported a benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

  16. Benign multicystic mesothelioma of peritoneum complicating acute appendicitis in a man: a case report.

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    Occhionorelli, Savino; Tartarini, Daniela; Pascale, Giovanni; Maccatrozzo, Stefano; Stano, Rocco; Vasquez, Giorgio

    2016-02-27

    Benign multicystic mesothelioma is a rare pathology. Few cases are reported in the medical literature and acute presentation is extremely uncommon. We describe an acute clinical presentation of the neoplasm that revealed itself with signs and symptoms attributable to acute appendicitis in a 41-year-old white man. Abdominal echography and computed tomography scans demonstrated the presence of a mass in direct contiguity with cecal fundus, but diagnosis remained unclear. Our patient underwent surgery and complete removal of the neoplasm. Only a definitive histological examination defined the nature of the lesion. No signs of relapse were demonstrated 1 year after the operation. We showed that an acute presentation of a benign neoplasm represents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for the surgeon, because of the difficult differential diagnosis that acute presentation can sometimes pose and the trouble that an emergence treatment can imply.

  17. Diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma: computed tomography, sonography, and fine-needle aspiration biopsy

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    Reuter, K.; Raptopoulos, V.; Reale, F.; Krolikowski, F.J.; D'Orsi, C.J.; Graham, S.; Smith, E.H.

    1983-06-01

    The diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma was made prospectively and noninvasively in four patients with the use of sonography, computed tomography, and sonographically guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy. The imaging methods revealed information similar to the operative findings, with clear superiority of computed tomography over sonography. These noninvasive methods may be used as screening tools, especially among groups or in regional areas with a high risk for asbestos exposure. The findings included soft-tissue masses with invariable involvement of the omentum; small intraperitoneal nodules; thickened peritoneum, mesentery, and bowel wall; pleural plaques; and usually minimal, if any, ascites. Since the differential diagnosis from peritoneal carcinomatosis may be difficult, sonographically (or CT) guided aspiration biopsy is needed to produce diagnostic cytologic specimens. The use of this type of biopsy should obviate surgical exploration.

  18. Use of automated image analysis in evaluation of Mesothelioma Tissue Microarray (TMA) from National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank.

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    Amin, Waqas; Srinivasan, Malini; Song, Sang Yong; Parwani, Anil V; Becich, Michael J

    2014-02-01

    The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB) was established to provide annotated biospecimens to the mesothelioma research community. The resource provides tissue microarrays (TMA) to evaluate the biomarkers along with a variety of other resected mesothelioma specimens. In this manuscript, we describe the immunohistochemical evaluation of the mesothelioma TMA with three key antibodies that are used in making the diagnosis of mesothelioma, and compared the immunohistochemical assessment between manual scoring and image analysis. The TMA was assessed for the immunohistochemical expression of calretinin (N=39), cytokeratin (CK) 5/6 (N=33), and D2-40 (N=37). Immunohistochemistry was evaluated by semi-quantitative (manual) scoring using light microscope (MS) and by automated image analysis (AS). Calretinin staining was seen in both cytoplasmic and nuclear locations. CK5/6 stain was localized to the cytoplasm. D2-40 stain showed only membranous expression in our cases. • Based on the pathologist’s scores, calretinin was positive in 31 of the 39 cases (80%), CK 5/6 in 15 of the 33 cases (46%) and D2-40 in 18 of the 37 cases (49%). • The percent-positive agreement between manual scores and image analysis was 90% (35/39), 94% (31/33), and 95% (35/37) for calretinin, CK 5/6, and D2-40, respectively. There was a substantial agree-ment between manual and automated scores for calretinin (kappa = 0.614) and an almost perfect agreement for CK5/6 (kappa = 0.879) and D2-40 (kappa = 0.892). Our study confirms that the immunohistochemical staining pattern of mesotheliomas in the NMVB UPMC TMA is similar to other studies. Our findings also show that automated image analysis provides similar results to manual scoring by pathologists, and provides a reproducible, objective, and accurate platform for immunohistochemical assessment of biomarker expression. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  19. Individual and socio-demographic factors related to presenting problem and diagnostic impressions at a pediatric sleep clinic.

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    Rubens, Sonia L; Patrick, Kristina E; Williamson, Ariel A; Moore, Melisa; Mindell, Jodi A

    2016-09-01

    Individual and socio-demographic factors have been found to be associated with sleep disturbances in children. Few studies have examined these factors among children presenting for care at pediatric sleep clinics. This study examined individual and socio-demographic factors in association with presenting problems and diagnostic impressions for new patients at an interdisciplinary pediatric sleep clinic. Data were collected from electronic medical records of 207 consecutive patients (54% male, 59% White, Meanage = 7.73, SD = 5.62). Older age, female gender, and White race were associated with higher likelihood of presenting with difficulty falling asleep; younger age, male gender, and Black race were associated with higher likelihood of presenting with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)-related concerns. Older age was associated with diagnostic impressions of inadequate sleep hygiene, insufficient sleep, circadian rhythm disorder/delayed sleep phase disorder, periodic limb movement disorder/restless legs syndrome, and insomnia, while younger age was associated with provisional OSA and behavioral insomnia of childhood (BIC) diagnoses. Male gender was associated with provisional OSA. White race was associated with BIC. Age-based analyses were also conducted to further understand the findings within a developmental context. Age- and gender-related findings converged with prevalence literature on pediatric sleep disorders. Race was only associated with presenting concern and BIC, and one association for neighborhood disadvantage was found within the age-based analysis. Results suggest a potential service delivery gap, with racial/ethnic minority youth being less likely to present for sleep services, despite prevalence data on the increased likelihood of sleep disturbances among these youth. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Malignant mesothelioma incidence among talc miners and millers in New York State.

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    Finkelstein, Murray M

    2012-10-01

    There is controversy about the potential for dust from the talc mines and mills of New York State to cause mesothelioma. Honda et al. published a study of mortality among New York talc workers and concluded that it was unlikely that the two deaths from mesothelioma were caused by talc ore dust. However, fibers of tremolite and anthophyllite have been found in the lungs of talc workers and Hull concluded that "New York talc exposure is associated with mesothelioma, and deserves further public health attention." Data concerning additional cases of mesothelioma in the cohort have been posted by NIOSH. I used information from the NIOSH website and the Honda report to analyze the incidence of mesothelioma during the years 1990-2007. There were at least five new cases of mesothelioma in the cohort and mesothelioma incidence rates were at least five (1.6-11.7) times the rate in the general population (P < 0.01). I conclude that: (1) mesothelioma has been diagnosed among members of the cohort at a rate in excess of that in the general population; (2) fibers of tremolite and anthophyllite have been detected in dust and the lungs of talc workers; and (3) these fibers are known causes of mesothelioma. It is prudent, on the balance of probabilities, to conclude that dusts from New York State talc ores are capable of causing mesothelioma in exposed individuals. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis: a series of eight cases with uncertain malignant potential.

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    Brimo, Fadi; Illei, Peter B; Epstein, Jonathan I

    2010-08-01

    Well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas have rarely been reported to involve the testis tunica vaginalis. While the classic histology of the originally described well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas consisted of papillae lined by a single layer of bland cuboidal cells, more complex architectural patterns have been described. This report details our experience with eight paratesticular mesotheliomas that span the histological spectrum from classic well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas to those with more complex patterns. We attempt to determine whether there are prognostic or immunohistochemical differences between these lesions and 28 diffuse malignant mesotheliomas. All cases had papillary/tubulopapillary in addition to more complex architectures (cribriform, condensed) and none showed evidence of invasion. Mitotic figures were present in seven cases and averaged 2.1 mitosis per 50 h.p.f. All cases showed mesotheliomas. Of five patients with follow-up information of more than 1 year, three patients were alive at 2, 3 and 9 years, and two died of unknown causes at 5 and 47 years, suggesting that these lesions behave more indolently than typical malignant mesotheliomas of the tunica vaginalis. If these cases were diffuse malignant mesotheliomas, one would have expected at least some of the patients to have died of disease within a couple of years after diagnosis. However, detailed and long-term follow-up were not sufficiently available to reach definitive conclusions on the true biological behavior of these tumors. The morphological continuum noted between our cases and classic well-differentiated papillary mesotheliomas, combined with their immunohistochemical profile and indolent behavior, contrasts with that of diffuse malignant mesotheliomas. We propose that these tunica vaginalis

  2. Germline mutation of Bap1 accelerates development of asbestos-induced malignant mesothelioma.

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    Xu, Jinfei; Kadariya, Yuwaraj; Cheung, Mitchell; Pei, Jianming; Talarchek, Jacqueline; Sementino, Eleonora; Tan, Yinfei; Menges, Craig W; Cai, Kathy Q; Litwin, Samuel; Peng, Hongzhuang; Karar, Jayashree; Rauscher, Frank J; Testa, Joseph R

    2014-08-15

    Malignant mesotheliomas are highly aggressive tumors usually caused by exposure to asbestos. Germline-inactivating mutations of BAP1 predispose to mesothelioma and certain other cancers. However, why mesothelioma is the predominate malignancy in some BAP1 families and not others, and whether exposure to asbestos is required for development of mesothelioma in BAP1 mutation carriers are not known. To address these questions experimentally, we generated a Bap1(+/-) knockout mouse model to assess its susceptibility to mesothelioma upon chronic exposure to asbestos. Bap1(+/-) mice exhibited a significantly higher incidence of asbestos-induced mesothelioma than wild-type (WT) littermates (73% vs. 32%, respectively). Furthermore, mesotheliomas arose at an accelerated rate in Bap1(+/-) mice than in WT animals (median survival, 43 weeks vs. 55 weeks after initial exposure, respectively) and showed increased invasiveness and proliferation. No spontaneous mesotheliomas were seen in unexposed Bap1(+/-) mice followed for up to 87 weeks of age. Mesothelioma cells from Bap1(+/-) mice showed biallelic inactivation of Bap1, consistent with its proposed role as a recessive cancer susceptibility gene. Unlike in WT mice, mesotheliomas from Bap1(+/-) mice did not require homozygous loss of Cdkn2a. However, normal mesothelial cells and mesothelioma cells from Bap1(+/-) mice showed downregulation of Rb through a p16(Ink4a)-independent mechanism, suggesting that predisposition of Bap1(+/-) mice to mesothelioma may be facilitated, in part, by cooperation between Bap1 and Rb. Drawing parallels to human disease, these unbiased genetic findings indicate that BAP1 mutation carriers are predisposed to the tumorigenic effects of asbestos and suggest that high penetrance of mesothelioma requires such environmental exposure.

  3. Methoxyamine, Cisplatin, and Pemetrexed Disodium in Treating Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors or Mesothelioma That Cannot Be Removed by Surgery or Mesothelioma That Is Refractory to Pemetrexed Disodium and Cisplatin or Carboplatin

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    2017-08-17

    Advanced Malignant Solid Neoplasm; Advanced Peritoneal Malignant Mesothelioma; Advanced Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma; Recurrent Malignant Solid Neoplasm; Recurrent Peritoneal Malignant Mesothelioma; Recurrent Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma; Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7; Stage III Ovarian Cancer; Stage III Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7; Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7; Stage IIIA Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIB Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7; Stage IIIB Ovarian Cancer; Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7; Stage IV Ovarian Cancer; Stage IV Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma AJCC v7; Thymoma; Unresectable Solid Neoplasm

  4. Supplementary Prognostic Variables for Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Giroux, Dorothy; Kennedy, Catherine; Ruffini, Enrico; Cangir, Ayten K.; Rice, David; Asamura, Hisao; Waller, David; Edwards, John; Weder, Walter; Hoffmann, Hans; van Meerbeeck, Jan P.; Rusch, Valerie W.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: The staging system for malignant pleural mesothelioma is controversial. To revise this system, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Staging Committee developed an international database. This report analyzes prognostic variables in a surgical population, which are supplementary to previously published CORE variables (stage, histology, sex, age, and type of procedure). Methods: Supplementary prognostic variables were studied in three scenarios: (1) all data available, that is, patient pathologically staged and other CORE variables available (2) only clinical staging available along with CORE variables, and (3) only age, sex, histology, and laboratory parameters are known. Survival was analyzed by Kaplan–Meier, prognostic factors by log rank and stepwise Cox regression modeling after elimination of nonsignificant variables. p value less than 0.05 was significant. Results: A total of 2141 patients with best tumor, node, metastasis (TNM) stages (pathologic with/without clinical staging) had nonmissing age, sex, histology, and type of surgical procedure. Three prognostic models were defined. Scenario A (all parameters): best pathologic stage, histology, sex, age, type of surgery, adjuvant treatment, white blood cell count (WBC) (≥15.5 or not), and platelets (≥400 k or not) (n = 550). Scenario B (no surgical staging): clinical stage, histology, sex, age, type of surgery, adjuvant treatment, WBC, hemoglobin (<14.6 or not), and platelets (n = 627). Scenario C (limited data): histology, sex, age, WBC, hemoglobin, and platelets (n = 906). Conclusion: Refinement of these models could define not only the appropriate patient preoperatively for best outcomes after cytoreductive surgery but also stratify surgically treated patients after clinical and pathologic staging who do or do not receive adjuvant therapy. PMID:24807157

  5. Antiproliferative effect of Aurora kinase targeting in mesothelioma.

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    Crispi, Stefania; Fagliarone, Claudia; Biroccio, Annamaria; D'Angelo, Carmen; Galati, Rossella; Sacchi, Ada; Vincenzi, Bruno; Baldi, Alfonso; Verdina, Alessandra

    2010-12-01

    The Aurora proteins are a small family of serine/threonine kinase that function in various stages of mitosis. Current interest in Aurora kinase relates to its role in tumours, and its potential as a therapeutic target. In this work we studied the expression of Aurora kinases A and B and related genes in human mesothelioma tissues and in five mesothelioma cell lines. Moreover, we analyzed the effects of ZM447439 (ZM), an Aurora kinase inhibitor, on cellular growth. Results evidenced an over-expression of Aurora kinase A and related genes in human mesothelioma tissues and an over-expression of Aurora kinases A and B in all cell lines. Moreover, we demonstrated that ZM447439 was able to inhibit cell growth in all cell lines and that this inhibition was due to a specific effect as demonstrated by the reduction in the level of Histone H3 phosphorylation. Our findings support a role of Aurora kinase in mesothelioma and the possibility of using Aurora kinase inhibitors in therapeutic modalities.

  6. Localized fibrous mesothelioma of pleura following external ionizing radiation therapy

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    Bilbey, J.H.; Mueller, N.L.M.; Miller, R.R.; Nelems, B.

    1988-12-01

    Carcinogenesis is a well-known complication of radiation exposure. Ionizing radiation also leads to an increased incidence of benign tumors. A 36-year-old woman had a localized fibrous mesothelioma of the pleura and an ipsilateral breast carcinoma 23 years after receiving external radiation therapy for treatment of a chest wall keloid.

  7. Immunotherapy and radiation therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Katz, Sharyn I.; Cengel, Keith A.; Simone, Charles B.

    2017-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a particularly aggressive thoracic malignancy with limited survival following combination chemotherapy. As a result, there has been increased interested in immunotherapy for mesothelioma, both in the first-line and salvage settings. Early investigations of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon alfa-2a/b have been limited by modest response rates and toxicity, whereas cytokine gene therapy is currently being investigated and shows early promise. The most prominent class of immunotherapies to be trialed with mesothelioma in the past half-decade has been immune checkpoint inhibitors (CPI). Early results are encouraging, particularly for agents targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 pathways. With the increasing recognition of the immune potential of mesothelioma, interest in the immunomodulatory properties of radiation therapy has emerged. The combination of immunotherapy and radiation therapy may allow for complimentary immunologic effects that can enhance antitumor response. This article reviews the existing literature on the efficacy of immunotherapy for MPM, describes the rationale for combining immunotherapy with radiation therapy, and discusses early literature on this treatment combination. PMID:28529903

  8. [Case studies on the malignant mesothelioma in Pellezzano (SA)].

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    Menegozzo, S; Izzo, F; Canfora, M L; Petronzio, M F; Santoro, M; Menegozzo, M

    2007-01-01

    41 malignant mesothelioma cases were reported between January 2000 and April 2007 in the province of Salerno. The small town of Pellezzano, near Salerno, has more cases than any other urban centre in the province; five mesothelioma cases (three male and two female) in Pellezzano (population 9,171 in 1991) means a standardized incidence rate of 32.7 males and 21.8 females per 100.000 inhabitants. That's very alarming, considering that in Italy mesothelioma standardized incidence rate per 100.000 inhabitants is 2,98 for males and 0,98 for females. Campania Mesothelioma Register aims to investigate which kind of exposure caused this abnormal incidence rate. All five patients answered the questionnaire and a team of doctors performed an on-the-spot investigation. The studies verified the existence of two kind of asbestos exposure, professional (Cotton Manufacture, Construction, Foundry) and environmental (cement-asbestos pre-fabricated since 1980 earthquake), that have to be analyzed further.

  9. Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapies for Unresectable Malignant Mesothelioma

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    Kelly, Ronan Joseph; Sharon, Elad; Hassan, Raffit

    2011-01-01

    The global burden of mesothelioma is expected to increase in the coming decades. As a result the development of more effective therapies with an emphasis on personalized treatments based on validated prognostic and predictive biomarkers is an essential requirement. Progress has been made in the last decade with the development of newer generation anti-folates leading to the current standard of care of pemetrexed and cisplatin in patients with unresectable disease. However, the median overall survival of patients with this combination treatment is only 12 months. There is no consensus regarding second line therapy for patients who have progressed or not responded to pemetrexed based therapies although gemcitabine in combination with a platinum compound or single agent vinorelbine is a reasonable option. The development of effective targeted agents that are active in mesothelioma has to date been disappointing. Strategies involving the addition of bevacizumab to pemetrexed and cisplatin in the frontline setting, the histone deacetylase inhibitor vorinostat as second line therapy and studies evaluating the utility of maintenance therapy in mesothelioma.are all ongoing and appear promising. In addition clinical trials investigating immunotherapy and gene therapy in combination with chemotherapy could potentially improve the prognosis of patients with mesothelioma. PMID:21620512

  10. Mesotheliomas of the tunica vaginalis testis and hernial sacs.

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    Grove, A; Jensen, M L; Donna, A

    1989-01-01

    Three histologically and immunohistochemically well-documented cases of mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis testis and hernial sac are presented. Analysis and follow-up data on our three patients and a review of 30 previously reported cases have revealed a varied and often unpredictable clinical course. A classification into high- and lowgrade malignant tumours is suggested, based on clinical and pathological findings.

  11. Consensus Report of the 2015 Weinman International Conference on Mesothelioma

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    On November 9 and 10, 2015, the International Conference on Mesothelioma in Populations Exposed to Naturally Occurring Asbestiform Fibers was held at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting was cosponsored by the International Association for the S...

  12. Consensus Report of the 2015 Weinman International Conference on Mesothelioma

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    On November 9 and 10, 2015, the International Conference on Mesothelioma in Populations Exposed to Naturally Occurring Asbestiform Fibers was held at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting was cosponsored by the International Association for the S...

  13. Vasculogenic mimicry in malignant mesothelioma: an experimental and immunohistochemical analysis.

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    Pulford, Emily; Hocking, Ashleigh; Griggs, Kim; McEvoy, James; Bonder, Claudine; Henderson, Douglas W; Klebe, Sonja

    2016-12-01

    Vasculogenic mimicry, the process in which cancer cells form angiomatoid structures independent of or in addition to host angiogenesis has been recorded in several otherwise non-endothelial malignant neoplasms. This study describes evidence of routine vascular mimicry by human mesothelioma cell lines in vitro, when the cell lines are cultured alone or co-cultured with human umbilical vascular endothelial cells, with the formation of angiomatoid tubular networks. Vasculogenic mimicry is also supported by immunohistochemical demonstration of human-specific anti-mitochondria antibody labelling of tumour-associated vasculature of human mesothelioma cells xenotransplanted into nude mice, and by evidence of vascular mimicry in some biopsy samples of human malignant mesotheliomas. These studies show mosaic interlacing of cells that co-label or label individually for immunohistochemical markers of endothelial and mesothelial differentiation. If vascular mimicry in mesothelioma can be characterised more fully, this may facilitate identification of more specific and targeted therapeutic approaches such as anti-angiogenesis in combination with chemotherapy and immunotherapy or other therapeutic approaches.

  14. Vasculogenic mimicry in malignant mesothelioma: an experimental and immunohistochemical analysis.

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    Pulford, Emily; Hocking, Ashleigh; Griggs, Kim; McEvoy, James; Bonder, Claudine; Henderson, Douglas W; Klebe, Sonja

    2016-10-28

    Vasculogenic mimicry, the process in which cancer cells form angiomatoid structures independent of or in addition to host angiogenesis has been recorded in several otherwise non-endothelial malignant neoplasms. This study describes evidence of routine vascular mimicry by human mesothelioma cell lines in vitro, when the cell lines are cultured alone or co-cultured with human umbilical vascular endothelial cells, with the formation of angiomatoid tubular networks. Vasculogenic mimicry is also supported by immunohistochemical demonstration of human-specific anti-mitochondria antibody labelling of tumour-associated vasculature of human mesothelioma cells xenotransplanted into nude mice, and by evidence of vascular mimicry in some biopsy samples of human malignant mesotheliomas. These studies show mosaic interlacing of cells that co-label or label individually for immunohistochemical markers of endothelial and mesothelial differentiation. If vascular mimicry in mesothelioma can be characterised more fully, this may facilitate identification of more specific and targeted therapeutic approaches such as anti-angiogenesis in combination with chemotherapy and immunotherapy or other therapeutic approaches.

  15. Malignant mesothelioma: a clinical study of 238 cases.

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    Haber, Steven E; Haber, Jason M

    2011-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a diffuse tumor arising in the pleura, peritoneum, or other serosal surface and is closely associated with asbestos exposure. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Although there are individual case reports and small series detailing the clinical aspects of mesothelioma, few studies examine a large series of patients with malignant mesothelioma from the clinical perspective. This study reports on the findings of 238 cases of malignant mesothelioma from a private consultative medical practice. Most cases had a history of occupational asbestos exposure. The mean latency was 48.5 yr, with women having a longer latency than men. The mean age at diagnosis was 70. Survival overall was poor (mean 8.8 months), but treatment was beneficial (mean 11.3 versus 6.4 months). Epithelioid histology conferred a survival advantage over sarcomatoid and responded better to treatment. Our data support an inverse relationship between asbestos dose and latency.

  16. The problem of sexual imbalance and techniques of the self in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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    Flore, Jacinthe

    2016-09-01

    This article examines the problematization of sexual appetite and its imbalances in the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The dominant strands of historiographies of sexuality have focused on historicizing sexual object choice and understanding the emergence of sexual identities. This article emphasizes the need to contextualize these histories within a broader frame of historical interest in the problematization of sexual appetite. The first part highlights how sexual object choice, as a paradigm of sexual dysfunctions, progressively receded from medical interest in the twentieth century as the clinical gaze turned to the problem of sexual appetite and its imbalances. The second part uses the example of the newly introduced Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder in the DSM-5 to explore how the Manual functions as a technique for taking care of the self. I argue that the design of the Manual and associated inventories and questionnaires paved the way for their interpretation and application as techniques for self-examination.

  17. Optical disk archiving using a personal computer: a solution to image storage problems in diagnostic imaging departments.

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    Parkin, A; Norwood, H; Erdentug, A; Hall, A J

    1990-01-01

    The paper describes an approach to solving the problem of providing a large-capacity image archive for diagnostic imaging departments at reasonable cost. Optical disk stores, when fitted retrospectively to scanners, are very expensive and may not be compatible with existing computer hardware. We describe the use of an industry standard personal computer (PC) linked to a standard 5 1/4-in. optical disk drive as a 'stand-alone' image store. Image data are transferred from the scanner using 8-in. floppy disks, and these are read into the PC using an attached 8-in. floppy disk drive and then transferred to the optical disk. The patient details (patient name, ID, date, etc.) are entered into a database program held on the PC and these are used to generate a reference pointer to the optical disk file through which the data can be retrieved. Data retrieval involves entering the patient details into the data base and inserting a blank 8-in. floppy disk into the drive attached to the PC. A sector copy is then made from the optical disk to the 8-in. floppy disk, which can then be used at the viewing station at the scanner. The system is flexible since it can accept data from a variety of sources in any format; it is also low cost and operates independently of the scanner. The hardware is industry standard, ensuring low maintenance costs.

  18. Diagnostic Performance of the CBCL-Attention Problem Scale as a Screening Measure in a Sample of Brazilian Children with ADHD

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    Lampert, T. L.; Polanczyk, G.; Tramontina, S.; Mardini, V.; Rohde, L. A.

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of the Attention Problem Scale of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL-APS) for the screening of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in a sample of Brazilian children and adolescents. Methods: The CBCL-APS was given to 763 children and adolescents. Child psychiatrists using DSM-IV…

  19. Industrial-grade talc exposure and the risk of mesothelioma.

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    Price, Bertram

    2010-07-01

    Industrial-grade talc deposits are complex mixtures of mineral particles and may vary substantially in composition across small geographical areas. Typical industrial-grade talc includes amphibole cleavage fragments, platy talc, serpentine minerals, talc in fibrous form, and a minor presence of transitional fibers. Industrial-grade talc was erroneously determined to be an asbestos-containing material due to an unintended consequence of Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA's) method for measuring airborne asbestos mandated in 1972. This error was repeated, most notably, by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in, 1980 for talc mined in northern New York State (NYS) by RT Vanderbilt Company (RTV). Subsequent exposure studies of northern NYS talc conducted through the, 1980s and one study published after, 2000 relied on the conclusion that talc was an asbestos-containing material to infer a causal relationship between talc and mesothelioma. The present review included (1) publications concerning talc's cancer-causing potential issued by organizations concerned with occupational and public health; (2) talc exposure studies and animal and cellular studies of RTV talc; (3) mesothelioma rates in northern NYS; and (4) mesothelioma mortality among RTV mining employees. The review indicated that failure to correctly identify the mineral characteristics of talc resulted in misleading reports concerning the carcinogenic potential of talc. However, the collective data from animal and cellular studies, mesothelioma rates in northern NYS, exposure studies, and a mortality analysis of RTV mining employees do not support a causal relationship between RTV talc and mesothelioma. This conclusion is applicable to all mineral components in RTV talc and to other industrial-grade talcs and mineral aggregates with the same components.

  20. Filing for workers’ compensation among Ontario cases of mesothelioma

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    Payne, Jennifer Isabelle; Pichora, Erin

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: For many types of cancer, disease attribution to occupational exposures is difficult. Mesothelioma, however, is a ‘sentinel’ occupational cancer associated with asbestos exposure. The present study linked workers’ compensation claims data with cancer registry data to explore the completeness of reporting of mesothelioma to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) according to characteristics of cases diagnosed among Ontario residents. METHODS: Two data sources were linked at the person level: the WSIB Occupational Disease Information and Surveillance System and the Ontario Cancer Registry. Filing rates were calculated as the proportion of Ontario Cancer Registry mesothelioma cases (International Classification of Diseases – Oncology code 905) that linked to a WSIB-filed cancer claim. Filing rates were calculated for the period 1980 to 2002, and trends were calculated by year, age and county of residence at diagnosis. RESULTS: The filing rate for compensation has increased little over the past 20 years, reaching a high of 43% in 2000. Overall, filing rates were highest among pleural mesothelioma cases among men (range 27% to 57%). Filing rates were highest among individuals 50 to 59 years of age and declined substantially throughout the retirement years. There was substantial variation in filing rates by area of residence, with the highest rate being in Lambton County, Ontario. CONCLUSION: The filing rate for compensation in Ontario was much lower than the estimated proportion of cases eligible for compensation. The increased filing rate in Lambton County was likely related to this community’s awareness of the association between asbestos and mesothelioma. Physicians can play an important role in educating patients of their potential entitlement to compensation benefits. PMID:19851532

  1. Filing for workers' compensation among Ontario cases of mesothelioma.

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    Payne, Jennifer Isabelle; Pichora, Erin

    2009-01-01

    For many types of cancer, disease attribution to occupational exposures is difficult. Mesothelioma, however, is a 'sentinel' occupational cancer associated with asbestos exposure. The present study linked workers' compensation claims data with cancer registry data to explore the completeness of reporting of mesothelioma to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) according to characteristics of cases diagnosed among Ontario residents. Two data sources were linked at the person level: the WSIB Occupational Disease Information and Surveillance System and the Ontario Cancer Registry. Filing rates were calculated as the proportion of Ontario Cancer Registry mesothelioma cases (International Classification of Diseases - Oncology code 905) that linked to a WSIB-filed cancer claim. Filing rates were calculated for the period 1980 to 2002, and trends were calculated by year, age and county of residence at diagnosis. The filing rate for compensation has increased little over the past 20 years, reaching a high of 43% in 2000. Overall, filing rates were highest among pleural mesothelioma cases among men (range 27% to 57%). Filing rates were highest among individuals 50 to 59 years of age and declined substantially throughout the retirement years. There was substantial variation in filing rates by area of residence, with the highest rate being in Lambton County, Ontario. The filing rate for compensation in Ontario was much lower than the estimated proportion of cases eligible for compensation. The increased filing rate in Lambton County was likely related to this community's awareness of the association between asbestos and mesothelioma. Physicians can play an important role in educating patients of their potential entitlement to compensation benefits.

  2. Intraperitoneal mesotheliomas induced in mice by a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon

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    Rice, J.M.; Anderson, L.M. ); Kovatch, R.M. )

    1989-01-01

    Female mice of 6 strains (C3H/HeN, BALB/c, C57BL/6N, DBA/2, NIH Swiss, and AKR/N) were given the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon carcinogen 3-methylcholanthrene (MC) intragastrically in olive oil at a dose of 20 mg/kg, weekly for 12 wk. Half were pretreated 24 h before each MC administration with intraperitoneal {beta}-naphthoflavone ({beta}-NF, 150 mg/kg in olive oil), a noncarinogenic inducer of certain cytochrome P-450 isozymes. Remaining mice were given olive oil prior to MC in the same fashion, or {beta}-NF in olive oil or olive oil alone without subsequent exposure to MC. All mice were killed when moribund or 13 mo after the start of treatment. Most of the mice, irrespective of treatment, exhibited signs of peritoneal injury, including inflammation, necrosis, granuloma formation, and mineralization. Mice of some of the strains also presented peritoneal mesotheliomas, in addition to a variety of other tumors. {beta}-NF pretreatment reduced the frequency of mesotheliomas: there was only one definite mesothelioma in any of the {beta}-NF-MC groups, in a C3H/He mouse. Most of the measotheliomas were mixed fibro-mesothelial type, sometimes with papillary epithelial excrescences. They typically grew in a botryoid pattern within the peritoneal cavity, coating the abdominal organs and sometimes actively invading these organs and the diaphragm. Some lesions exhibited pleomorphism, prominent giant cells, and frequent mitoses. In addition, several lesions consisting of severe mesothelial hyperplasia associated with tissue necrosis and inflammation were considered as possible early stages of mesothelioma development. It was postulated that peritoneal injury imposed by repeated intraperitoneal injection of oil acted as an enhancing factor for mesothelioma induction by MC.

  3. The role of 18F-FDG-PET/ceCT in peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Dubreuil, Julien; Giammarile, Francesco; Rousset, Pascal; Rubello, Domenico; Bakrin, Naoual; Passot, Guillaume; Isaac, Sylvie; Glehen, Olivier; Skanjeti, Andrea

    2017-04-01

    The aim of this study was to assess glucose metabolism of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma and epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma by fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG)-PET/contrast-enhanced computed tomography (ceCT) and to assess its prognostic impact. Twenty-three (14 women) patients, without previous treatment, underwent F-FDG-PET/ceCT before peritoneal mesothelioma cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy. F-FDG-PET/ceCT was interpreted prospectively as positive or negative. Maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of each lesion was measured retrospectively on the basis of postsurgery data. At laparotomy, disease extension was estimated with the Peritoneal Cancer Index. The median follow-up was 27 months (95% confidence interval: 12.9-37.8); progression-free survival (PFS) was recorded. Nine patients were affected by multicystic and 14 were affected by epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma. PET showed mild focal uptake in one case of multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma, whereas in eight patients, no abnormal uptake was observed. PET was positive in 12/14 patients with epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were respectively 86, 89 and 87%; the qualitative assessment was statistically different (P=0.0020, χ). Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma histology was significantly associated with lower SUVmaxlesion (P=0.0061), SUVmaxlesion/liver (P=0.0025), Peritoneal Cancer Index, younger age, and it was observed only in women.Recurrence was observed on nine patients affected by epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma, whereas no recurrences were observed among multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma patients. SUVmaxlesion (P=0.0278) and age (P=0.0241) were significantly associated with PFS in patients with epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma. F-FDG-PET/ceCT showed significant differences between multicystic and epithelioid peritoneal mesothelioma, whereas SUVmaxlesion was associated with PFS in the latter. Although

  4. Targeting Immunological Restrainers: Understanding the Immunology Behind Combination Chemoimmunotherapy to Improve the Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma

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    2014-12-01

    malignant mesothelioma. 1S. SUBJECT TERMS Mesothelioma, immunotherapy, chemotherapy. Combination therapy . 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17...in the original proposal and highlights key research discoveries.  KEYWORDS:  Mesothelioma,  immunotherapy,  chemotherapy,  combination  therapy ...these therapies [1-3]. From these results we concluded that the P60 small molecule inhibitor of FoxP3 and the CCR4 antagonist were unlikely to be

  5. Malignant mesothelioma in a cohort of asbestos insulation workers: clinical presentation, diagnosis, and causes of death.

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    Ribak, J; Lilis, R; Suzuki, Y; Penner, L; Selikoff, I J

    1988-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma has been rare in the general population. In recent decades its incidence has risen dramatically, parallel to the increasing use of asbestos in industry since 1930. Altogether 17,800 asbestos insulation workers, members of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers (AFL-CIO-CLC) in the United States and Canada, were enrolled for prospective study on 1 January 1967 and followed up to the present. Every death that occurs is investigated by our laboratory. One hundred and seventy five deaths from mesothelioma occurred among the 2221 men who died in 1967-76 and 181 more such deaths in the next eight years. Altogether, 356 workers had died of malignant mesothelioma (pleural or peritoneal) by 1984. Diagnosis of mesothelioma was accepted only after all available clinical, radiological, and pathological material was reviewed by our laboratory and histopathological confirmation by the pathology unit made in each case. One hundred and thirty four workers died of pleural and 222 of peritoneal mesothelioma. Age at onset of exposure, age at onset of the disease, and age at death were similar in both groups of patients. Significant difference was noted only in the time elapsed from onset of exposure to the development of first symptoms, which was longer in the group with peritoneal mesothelioma. Shortness of breath, either new or recently increased, and chest pain were the most frequent presenting symptoms in the group with pleural mesothelioma; abdominal pain and distension were frequent in the patients with peritoneal mesothelioma. Pleural effusion or ascites were found in most patients. The most effective approach to the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma in these cases was by open lung biopsy; exploratory laparotomy was best for diagnosing peritoneal mesothelioma. Patients with pleural mesothelioma died principally from pulmonary insufficiency whereas those with peritoneal mesothelioma succumbed after a

  6. Two Case Reports of Benign Testicular Mesothelioma and Review of the Literature

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    Admella Salvador, Carme; Feliu Canaleta, Josep; Llopis Manzanera, Juan; Barranco Sanz, Miguel Angel; Romero Martin, Juan Antoni; Bernal Salguero, Sergi

    2017-01-01

    Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed in people over the age of 50 with large history of asbestos-related exposure. It is frequently located in pleural cavity, peritoneum, and pericardium. At the testicles the mesothelioma had been reported first in 1957 like a malignant non-germ-cells tumor. The objective is to present two case reports of benign testicular mesothelioma and review of the literature. PMID:28168071

  7. Calcification as a sign of sarcomatous degeneration of malignant pleural mesotheliomas: A new CT finding

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    Raizon, A.; Schwartz, A.; Hix, W.; Rockoff, S.D.

    1996-01-01

    We present two cases demonstrating, on CT examination, heavily calcified mass lesions associated with malignant pleural mesothelioma in workers occupationally exposed to asbestos. These masses proved to be osteogenic sarcomatous degeneration within mesotheliomas. The observation of dense calcification within a pleural mass should raise a suspicion of osteosarcomatous degeneration if it is seen in conjunction with other classic signs of malignant pleural mesothelioma. 8 refs., 5 figs.

  8. 9p21 deletion in the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, using fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis.

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    Takeda, Maiko; Kasai, Takahiko; Enomoto, Yasunori; Takano, Masato; Morita, Kouhei; Kadota, Eiji; Nonomura, Akitaka

    2010-05-01

    Homozygous deletion of 9p21, the locus harboring the p16 gene, has been reported as one of the most common genetic alterations in malignant mesotheliomas (MMs). Previous studies showed that this alteration might be useful for differentiating benign from malignant mesothelial tumors in cytology and surgical specimens. Although the diagnostic utility of 9p21 homozygous deletion by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis has been reported only recently, it has not been well demonstrated. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic utility of 9p21 homozygous deletion assessed by FISH in mesothelial neoplasm and hyperplasia of Japanese patients using paraffin-embedded tissue. Simultaneously, p16 protein immunoexpression was explored as a potential diagnostic aid. FISH analysis demonstrated 9p21 deletion in 35 of 40 cases with MM (88%) (P < 0.001). In contrast, no cases of adenomatoid tumor, benign mesothelial multicystic tumor, reactive mesothelial hyperplasia or pleuritis showed 9p21 deletion (P < 0.005). 9p21 homozygous deletion correlated well with p16 protein expression in the tumor cells. Our study suggests that 9p21 homozygous deletion assessed by FISH on paraffin-embedded tissue may be very useful for differentiating MM from reactive mesothelial proliferation.

  9. Genetic-susceptibility factor and malignant mesothelioma in the Cappadocian region of Turkey.

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    Roushdy-Hammady, I; Siegel, J; Emri, S; Testa, J R; Carbone, M

    2001-02-10

    Erionite present in stones used to build the villages of Karain and Tuzköy, Turkey, mined from nearby caves, is purported to cause mesothelioma in half of the villagers. We constructed genetic epidemiology maps to test whether some villagers were genetically predisposed to mesothelioma. Analysis of a six-generation extended pedigree of 526 individuals showed that mesothelioma was genetically transmitted, probably in an autosomal dominant way. This finding should lead to preventive strategies to lower the incidence of mesothelioma in future generations, and close monitoring of high-risk individuals might allow early detection and cure.

  10. OVARIAN LOW-GRADE AND HIGH-GRADE SEROUS CARCINOMA: Pathogenesis, Clinicopathologic and Molecular Biologic Features, and Diagnostic Problems

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    Vang, Russell; Shih, Ie-Ming; Kurman, Robert J.

    2009-01-01

    Ovarian serous carcinomas have been graded using various systems. Recently, a 2-tier system in which tumors are subdivided into low-grade and high-grade has been proposed. This approach is simplistic, reproducible, and based on biologic evidence indicating that both tumors develop via different pathways. Low-grade serous carcinomas exhibit low-grade nuclei with infrequent mitotic figures. They evolve from adenofibromas or borderline tumors, have frequent mutations of the KRAS, BRAF, or ERBB2 genes, and lack TP53 mutations (Type I pathway). The progression to invasive carcinoma is a slow step-wise process. Low-grade tumors are indolent and have better outcome than high-grade tumors. In contrast, high-grade serous carcinomas have high-grade nuclei and numerous mitotic figures. Identification of a precursor lesion in the ovary has been elusive and therefore the origin of ovarian carcinoma has been described as de novo. More recently, studies have suggested that a proportion appear to originate from intraepithelial carcinoma in the fallopian tube. The development of these tumors is rapid (Type II pathway). The vast majority are characterized by TP53 mutations and lack mutations of KRAS, BRAF, or ERBB2. Although both types of serous carcinomas evolve along different pathways, rare high-grade serous carcinomas seem to arise through the Type I pathway. Immunohistochemical stains for p53, p16, and Ki-67 for distinction of low- from high-grade tumors are of limited value but can be helpful in selected instances. This review provides an update on the pathogenesis and clinicopathologic features of these two types of serous carcinomas and addresses some of the diagnostic problems that are encountered in routine practice. PMID:19700937

  11. Pleural fluid cell-free DNA integrity index to identify cytologically negative malignant pleural effusions including mesotheliomas.

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    Sriram, Krishna B; Relan, Vandana; Clarke, Belinda E; Duhig, Edwina E; Windsor, Morgan N; Matar, Kevin S; Naidoo, Rishendran; Passmore, Linda; McCaul, Elizabeth; Courtney, Deborah; Yang, Ian A; Bowman, Rayleen V; Fong, Kwun M

    2012-09-25

    The diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions (MPE) is often clinically challenging, especially if the cytology is negative for malignancy. DNA integrity index has been reported to be a marker of malignancy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of pleural fluid DNA integrity index in the diagnosis of MPE. We studied 75 pleural fluid and matched serum samples from consecutive subjects. Pleural fluid and serum ALU DNA repeats [115bp, 247bp and 247bp/115bp ratio (DNA integrity index)] were assessed by real-time quantitative PCR. Pleural fluid and serum mesothelin levels were quantified using ELISA. Based on clinico-pathological evaluation, 52 subjects had MPE (including 16 mesotheliomas) and 23 had benign effusions. Pleural fluid DNA integrity index was higher in MPE compared with benign effusions (1.2 vs. 0.8; p<0.001). Cytology had a sensitivity of 55% in diagnosing MPE. If cytology and pleural fluid DNA integrity index were considered together, they exhibited 81% sensitivity and 87% specificity in distinguishing benign and malignant effusions. In cytology-negative pleural effusions (35 MPE and 28 benign effusions), elevated pleural fluid DNA integrity index had an 81% positive predictive value in detecting MPEs. In the detection of mesothelioma, at a specificity of 90%, pleural fluid DNA integrity index had similar sensitivity to pleural fluid and serum mesothelin (75% each respectively). Pleural fluid DNA integrity index is a promising diagnostic biomarker for identification of MPEs, including mesothelioma. This biomarker may be particularly useful in cases of MPE where pleural aspirate cytology is negative, and could guide the decision to undertake more invasive definitive testing. A prospective validation study is being undertaken to validate our findings and test the clinical utility of this biomarker for altering clinical practice.

  12. Pleural fluid cell-free DNA integrity index to identify cytologically negative malignant pleural effusions including mesotheliomas

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    2012-01-01

    Background The diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions (MPE) is often clinically challenging, especially if the cytology is negative for malignancy. DNA integrity index has been reported to be a marker of malignancy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of pleural fluid DNA integrity index in the diagnosis of MPE. Methods We studied 75 pleural fluid and matched serum samples from consecutive subjects. Pleural fluid and serum ALU DNA repeats [115bp, 247bp and 247bp/115bp ratio (DNA integrity index)] were assessed by real-time quantitative PCR. Pleural fluid and serum mesothelin levels were quantified using ELISA. Results Based on clinico-pathological evaluation, 52 subjects had MPE (including 16 mesotheliomas) and 23 had benign effusions. Pleural fluid DNA integrity index was higher in MPE compared with benign effusions (1.2 vs. 0.8; p<0.001). Cytology had a sensitivity of 55% in diagnosing MPE. If cytology and pleural fluid DNA integrity index were considered together, they exhibited 81% sensitivity and 87% specificity in distinguishing benign and malignant effusions. In cytology-negative pleural effusions (35 MPE and 28 benign effusions), elevated pleural fluid DNA integrity index had an 81% positive predictive value in detecting MPEs. In the detection of mesothelioma, at a specificity of 90%, pleural fluid DNA integrity index had similar sensitivity to pleural fluid and serum mesothelin (75% each respectively). Conclusion Pleural fluid DNA integrity index is a promising diagnostic biomarker for identification of MPEs, including mesothelioma. This biomarker may be particularly useful in cases of MPE where pleural aspirate cytology is negative, and could guide the decision to undertake more invasive definitive testing. A prospective validation study is being undertaken to validate our findings and test the clinical utility of this biomarker for altering clinical practice. PMID:23009708

  13. Revisiting Classification of Eating Disorders-toward Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 and International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems-11.

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    Goyal, Shrigopal; Balhara, Yatan Pal Singh; Khandelwal, S K

    2012-07-01

    Two of the most commonly used nosological systems- International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)-10 and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV are under revision. This process has generated a lot of interesting debates with regards to future of the current diagnostic categories. In fact, the status of categorical approach in the upcoming versions of ICD and DSM is also being debated. The current article focuses on the debate with regards to the eating disorders. The existing classification of eating disorders has been criticized for its limitations. A host of new diagnostic categories have been recommended for inclusion in the upcoming revisions. Also the structure of the existing categories has also been put under scrutiny.

  14. Revisiting Classification of Eating Disorders-toward Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 and International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems-11

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    Goyal, Shrigopal; Balhara, Yatan Pal Singh; Khandelwal, S. K.

    2012-01-01

    Two of the most commonly used nosological systems- International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)-10 and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV are under revision. This process has generated a lot of interesting debates with regards to future of the current diagnostic categories. In fact, the status of categorical approach in the upcoming versions of ICD and DSM is also being debated. The current article focuses on the debate with regards to the eating disorders. The existing classification of eating disorders has been criticized for its limitations. A host of new diagnostic categories have been recommended for inclusion in the upcoming revisions. Also the structure of the existing categories has also been put under scrutiny. PMID:23440448

  15. Wilms' Tumor 1 Susceptibility (WT1) Gene Products are Selectively Expressed in Malignant Mesothelioma

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    Amin, Kunjlata M.; Litzky, Leslie A.; Smythe, W. Roy; Mooney, Anne M.; Morris, Jennifer M.; Mews, Daphne J. Y.; Pass, Harvey I.; Kari, Csaba; Rodeck, Ulrich; Rauscher, Frank J.; Kaiser, Larry R.; Albelda, Steven M.

    1995-01-01

    The distinction between malignant mesothelioma and other neoplastic processes involving the pleura is difficult, partly due to the lack of specific markers expressed on mesothelioma. Because of evidence suggesting that the Wilms' tumor susceptibility gene (WT1), unlike ot her tumor suppressor genes, is restricted mostly to mesenchymaly derived tissues, we hypothesized that the WTI gene products could serve as a potential marker for mesothelioma. The expression of WTI mRNA was analyzed in 19 malignant mesothelioma cell lines and 9 tumors and compared with the expression of WT1 in 10 non-small cell lung cancer lines and 9 lung cancer specimens. WTI mRNA was detectable by Northern analysis in 16 of 19 mesothelioma cell lines and in 5 of 8 malignant mesothelioma tumors. In contrast, WTI mRNA was not detected by Northern analysis in non-small cell lung cancer lines or carcinomas. Immunoprecipitation with an anti-WT1 monoclonal antibody showed that a52-to 54-kdprotein was present in 4 mesothelioma cell lines. Immunostanig with this antibody localizd the WT1 protein to the nucleus in two mesothelioma lines and in 20 of 21 mesothelioma tumors examined. This distinctive pattern of nuclear immunoreactivity was absent in 26 non-mesothelioma tumors involving the lung, including 20 non-small cell lung carcinomas. The detection of WTI mRNA or protein may thus provide a specific molecular or immunohistochemical marker for differentiation of mesothelioma from other pleural tumors, inparticular, adenocarcinoma. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2Figure 3Figure 4Figure 5Figure 6Figure 7 PMID:7856747

  16. Pathology reporting of malignant pleural mesothelioma first diagnosis: A population-based approach.

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    Ascoli, Valeria; Minelli, Giada; Cozzi, Ilaria; Romeo, Elisa; Carnovale Scalzo, Caterina; Ancona, Laura; Forastiere, Francesco

    2016-10-01

    Accurate pathologic diagnosis and reporting in malignant pleural mesothelioma are essential for clinical care, and cancer registration. Practical guidelines for pathologists are provided in publications and textbooks but it is unclear how these recommendations are applied in routine practice. We investigated the characteristics of pathology reports, and the extent to which they meet guideline standards. We reviewed 819 pathology reports relating to a first diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Data sources were a regional section of the Italian network of the Mesothelioma Registry (2001-2014) and a pathology archive (1990-2000). We evaluated tumor characteristics, the diagnosis field including terminology and immunohistochemistry (IHC) workup, and report completeness (the proportion of items recorded). We investigated also two IHC panels identified by the most used markers in current practical guidelines, one best suited for epithelioid mesotheliomas (combinations of at least 2 positive and at least 2 negative mesothelioma markers) and the other best suited for sarcomatoid mesotheliomas (positive mesothelioma markers plus cytokeratins). Reports (753 histology, 66 cytology, IHC-confirmed 86%) were 74% complete and always narrative. Missing data were related to clinical history (76%), tumor laterality (61%), specimen size (38%), and histological subtype (23%). The proportion of cases with IHC was higher for epithelioid (90%) than sarcomatoid mesothelioma (87%). Compliance to IHC recommendations was higher for epithelioid (59%) than sarcomatoid mesothelioma (11%). The mean number of stains was significantly higher for sarcomatoid than epithelioid mesothelioma (p<0.000; Kruskal-Wallis test). Our findings show that although guidelines are designed to improve actual reporting practices, there is ample room for improvement in their application to standardize the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Synoptic pathology reporting needs to be implemented to better utilize

  17. Guidelines for cytopathologic diagnosis of epithelioid and mixed type malignant mesothelioma. Complementary statement from the International Mesothelioma Interest Group, also endorsed by the International Academy of Cytology and the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology

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    Hjerpe, Anders; Ascoli, Valeria; Bedrossian, Carlos; Boon, Mathilde; Creaney, Jenette; Davidson, Ben; Dejmek, Annika; Dobra, Katalin; Fassina, Ambrogio; Field, Andrew; Firat, Pinar; Kamei, Toshiaki; Kobayashi, Tadao; Michael, Claire W.; Önder, Sevgen; Segal, Amanda; Vielh, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    To provide practical guidelines for the cytopathologic diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma (MM). Cytopathologists involved in the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG) and the International Academy of Cytology (IAC), who have an interest in the field contributed to this update. Reference material includes peer-reviewed publications and textbooks. This article is the result of discussions during and after the IMIG 2012 conference in Boston, followed by thorough discussions during the 2013 IAC meeting in Paris. Additional contributions have been obtained from cytopathologists and scientists, who could not attend these meetings, with final discussions and input during the IMIG 2014 conference in cape town. During the previous IMIG biennial meetings, thorough discussions have resulted in published guidelines for the pathologic diagnosis of MM. However, previous recommendations have stated that the diagnosis of MM should be based on histological material only.[12] Accumulating evidence now indicates that the cytological diagnosis of MM supported by ancillary techniques is as reliable as that based on histopathology, although the sensitivity with cytology may be somewhat lower.[345] Recognizing that noninvasive diagnostic modalities benefit both the patient and the health system, future recommendations should include cytology as an accepted method for the diagnosis of this malignancy.[67] The article describes the consensus of opinions of the authors on how cytology together with ancillary testing can be used to establish a reliable diagnosis of MM. PMID:26681974

  18. Multicystic mesothelioma--a rare case of ascites: case report.

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    Manuc, M; Lamatic, C; Pop, C; Dobrea, C; Becheanu, G; Grasu, M; Iosif, D; Diculescu, M

    2007-01-01

    We present the case of a 37-year-old male, admitted to our clinic with abdominal tenderness, right supraclavicular tumour, and ascites. The presence of ascites was incidentally reported 6 years before, but no other evaluation was done at that moment or during this period. Abdominal ultrasound and CT scan revealed moderate ascites, perivascular adenopathies, and multiple abdominal cystic lesions, while thoracic CT scan revealed the same lesions in mediastinum. Laboratory data were within normal limits, including the tumoral markers, and the tests for hydatid cysts. A biopsy from the right supraclavicular nodule was performed, and based on usual and immunohistochemical stains (calretinin, mesotheline, CK 5/6, CK 7, CK18 diffusely positive in mesothelial cells, and CEA -M, bcl-2 and vimentin negative), suggested the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Based on these results, the diagnosis of "multicystic mesothelioma" was made. The patient was referred for surgery.

  19. Multicystic benign cystic mesothelioma presenting as a pelvic mass.

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    Momeni, Mazdak; Pereira, Elena; Grigoryan, Gennadiy; Zakashansky, Konstantin

    2014-01-01

    Background. Benign cystic mesothelioma (BCM) is a rare tumor that arises from the abdominal peritoneum with a predilection to the pelvic peritoneum. For this reason, it can often mimic gynecologic malignancies. Case. A 47-year-old perimenopausal female presented reporting several weeks of abdominal distention associated with abdominal tenderness and constipation. Computed tomography revealed a 24 cm multiloculated pelvic mass, and tumor markers were notable for an elevated CA-125. The patient was taken to the operating room for an exploratory laparotomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingoophorectomy, and removal of pelvic mass. Final pathologic evaluation revealed a benign cystic mesothelioma. Conclusion. Classically these tumors present as large multicystic masses with thin-walled septations and on preoperative evaluation BCM can mimic many different disease entities including ovarian malignancies and cystic lymphangioma. Often diagnosis can only be made at time of surgery.

  20. Multicystic Benign Cystic Mesothelioma Presenting as a Pelvic Mass

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    Pereira, Elena; Zakashansky, Konstantin

    2014-01-01

    Background. Benign cystic mesothelioma (BCM) is a rare tumor that arises from the abdominal peritoneum with a predilection to the pelvic peritoneum. For this reason, it can often mimic gynecologic malignancies. Case. A 47-year-old perimenopausal female presented reporting several weeks of abdominal distention associated with abdominal tenderness and constipation. Computed tomography revealed a 24 cm multiloculated pelvic mass, and tumor markers were notable for an elevated CA-125. The patient was taken to the operating room for an exploratory laparotomy, total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingoophorectomy, and removal of pelvic mass. Final pathologic evaluation revealed a benign cystic mesothelioma. Conclusion. Classically these tumors present as large multicystic masses with thin-walled septations and on preoperative evaluation BCM can mimic many different disease entities including ovarian malignancies and cystic lymphangioma. Often diagnosis can only be made at time of surgery. PMID:24716035

  1. Environmental household exposures to asbestos and occurrence of pleural mesothelioma

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    Dodoli, D.; Del Nevo, M.; Fiumalbi, C.; Iaia, T.E.; Cristaudo, A.; Comba, P.; Viti, C.; Battista, G. )

    1992-01-01

    The authors reviewed the certificates of 39,650 deaths which occurred in the period 1975-1988 in Leghorn and of 45,900 in La Spezia (Italy) in the period 1958-1988. In total 262 cases have been recorded as pleural mesothelioma. The main occupational exposures occurred in the shipbuilding industry. Regarding non-occupational exposures to asbestos, 13 cases of mesothelioma were found in women who had washed the work clothes of their relatives at home; we also found other domestic uses of asbestos which were rarely or never discussed previously in the literature: six cases might be explained by the installation of fireproof or non-conductive materials in the domestic environment. These exposures probably are more frequent than realized until now.

  2. Peritoneal malignant mesothelioma metastatic to supraclavicular lymph nodes.

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    Zannella, Stefano; Testi, Maria Adele; Cattoretti, Giorgio; Pelosi, Giuseppe; Zucchini, Nicola

    2014-09-01

    Distinguishing between malignant mesothelioma and reactive mesothelial hyperplasia is often inestimable, but may be a challenging gauntlet for pathologists. A 62-year-old man underwent appendectomy after the identification of a peritoneal mass and the histological examination showed mesothelial proliferation along the appendix surface with no clear images of infiltration. After a few months the patient developed mediastinal and supraclavicular lymphadenopathies, and a nodal biopsy showed mesothelial cell proliferation invading lymphatic sinuses, consistent with the cells seen in the abdominal cavity. Since overt morphologic criteria for malignancy were lacking and reactive mesothelial cell deposits have been documented in lymph nodes, a molecular investigation of the CDKN2A (henceforth simply p16) gene status via fluorescence in situ hybridization was performed, which showed homozygous deletion in 100% tumor cells. These data ruled out the hypothesis of reactive mesothelial cells inclusion in lymph nodes, thus confirming the diagnosis of epithelioid malignant mesothelioma. © The Author(s) 2014.

  3. [Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Case report and review of the literature].

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    Ruiz-Tirado, María Luisa; Olvera-Rodríguez, Arturo; Díaz-Barranco, Irma; Ruiz-Romano, Agueda; Castillo-Ruiz, Natalia; Olvera-Quiroz, Silvia Eurydice

    2011-01-01

    A woman 88 years old with a clinical picture initiated eight days before characterized by asthenia, adynamia, hyporexia, increase of the abdominal perimeter, pain and constipation. Her husband worked at the automotive industry for more than 30 years (brakes specialist). She had a history of hypertension; abdominal ultrasound showed a metastatic liver of unknown origin and ascites. An ascites sample was gotten. Malignant cells matching with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma were observed. The patient died 30 days after the diagnosis. The peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can be benign or malignant. Incidence rate increases with age. It is more frequent in men and over 60 years with a survival from five to twelve months after diagnosis. The most important risk factor is the chronic labor exposition to asbestos that includes the family. The diagnosis is difficult even for experts. Additionally, we present a brief review of the literature.

  4. Prognostic significance of DNA aneuploidy in diffuse malignant mesothelioma

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    Isobe, Hiroshi; Sridhar, K.S.; Doria, R.

    1995-01-01

    DNA ploidy of pepsin digested preparations of 48 paraffin-embedded specimens from 19 patients with histologically confirmed malignant mesothelioma was determined by laser flow cytometry. Eight of the 19 tumors (42%) were diploid and 11 (58%) were aneuploid. Of the aneuploid tumors, only one showed multiploidy. The median survival time of the patients with diploid tumors was 19, 16, and 14 months from the onset of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, respectively. The median survival in patients with aneuploid tumors was 8, 7, and 7 months from the onset of first symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Thus, patients with diploid tumors lived longer than patients with aneuploid tumors. These results suggest that DNA ploidy analysis may be of prognostic value in malignant mesothelioma. 31 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  5. Mesothelioma as a rapidly developing Giant Abdominal Cyst.

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    Vyas, Dinesh; Pihl, Kerent; Kavuturu, Srinivas; Vyas, Arpita

    2012-12-20

    The benign cystic mesothelioma of the peritoneum is a rare lesion and is known for local recurrence. This is first case report of a rapidly developing massive abdominal tumor with histological finding of benign cystic mesothelioma (BCM). We describe a BCM arising in the retroperitoneal tis[sue on the right side, lifting ascending colon and cecum to the left side of abdomen. Patient was an active 58-year-old man who noticed a rapid abdominal swelling within a two month time period with a weight gain of 40 pounds. Patient had no risk factors including occupational (asbestos, cadmium), family history, social (alcohol, smoking) or history of trauma. We will discuss the clinical, radiologic, intra-operative, immunohistochemical, pathologic findings, and imaging six months after surgery. Patient has no recurrence and no weight gain on follow up visits and imaging.

  6. Exposure to asbestos: psychological responses of mesothelioma patients

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    Lebovits, A.H.; Chahinian, A.P.; Holland, J.C.

    1983-01-01

    Thirty-eight patients with a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma participated in a semi-structured interview to evaluate asbestos exposure, acquisition of increased risk information, and retrospective reporting of cognitive and behavioral reactions (particularly smoking behavior) to risk information. Twenty-eight patients (74%) had direct occupational contact with asbestos, and six patients (16%) reported indirect nonoccupational exposure to asbestos. Only two (10%) of the directly exposed patients acquired risk information from professional sources prior to diagnosis of mesothelioma. The most frequently reported reaction to learning of increased risk of cancer was a denial of the risk by minimizing personal exposure. Few patients reported being concerned about the information of increased risk. Smoking behavior did not change as a result of risk information, nor was there any increase in visits to physicians. Guidelines for psychosocial management of at-risk groups are recommended.

  7. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in a female lion (Panthera leo).

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    Bollo, E; Scaglione, F E; Tursi, M; Schröder, C; Degiorgi, G; Belluso, E; Capella, S; Bellis, D

    2011-08-01

    An 18-year-old female lion (Panthera leo) was referred to the Department of Animal Pathology of the University of Turin (Italy). At necropsy, multiple nodular, 4-20-mm, confluent white firm nodules were scattered throughout the pleural surfaces of the thoracic wall and of the lungs. Histological lesions were represented by proliferations of papillary structures lined by cuboidal basophilic mesothelial cells with large, oval nuclei and abundant granular eosinophilic cytoplasm. Immunohistochemistry revealed immunoreactivity for pancytokeratin and vimentin. None of the cells expressed calretinin antigen. Asbestos fibers and asbestos bodies were not detected respectively by light microscopy and by Scanning Electron Microscope-Energy Dispersive Spectrometer investigations. On the contrary, chrysotile asbestos were identified in samples from shelter material. Histological and immunohistochemical findings were consistent with the diagnosis of an epithelial malignant mesothelioma. To our best knowledge, this is the first report of a pleural mesothelioma in a lion. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. The concept and the principle of the diagnostic observability of the object in problems of monitoring and non-destructive testing

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    Sedov, A. V.

    2017-02-01

    The design of non-destructive testing systems relates to the solution of the problem of analysis of observability. It is the assessment of the opportunities of the set of measured parameters to diagnose the object, to identify emerging defects and the specific modes of operation. The term ‘observability’ in control theory does not correspond to the tasks of diagnosis and requires the model of the object’s state. The proposed concept of ‘diagnostic observability’ allows to use this term in tasks which aren’t related to the control. It doesn’t require the model of the object’s state, and realizes the estimation on the array of measurements performed for various diagnosed states of the object. The set of diagnostic state variables is determined as coordinates of diagnostic orthogonal space. The proposed principle of diagnostic observability is determined by the method of construction of the space of the diagnostics and by the analysis of the images of states of object. It can become a new basis for building an effective universal adaptive systems of non-destructive testing of complex technical and other objects.

  9. Fertility preservation in a patient with benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Al-Safi, Zain A; Edil, Barish H; Post, Miriam D; Pearlman, Nathan W; Alvero, Ruben

    2014-09-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (BMPM) is a rare peritoneal tumor. Surgery is the only effective treatment for BMPM, and affected tissues occasionally must be sacrificed to achieve adequate debulking. A 25-year-old female was diagnosed with BMPM. She was counseled on fertility preservation and had oocyte cryopreservation prior to her debulking. Fertility preservation through embryo or oocyte cryopreservation is a valuable option for patients at risk of losing reproductive tissues during extensive surgery and chemotherapy. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Pericardial mesothelioma in a Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris).

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    Wiedner, Ellen B; Isaza, Ramiro; Lindsay, William A; Case, Allison L; Decker, Joshua; Roberts, John

    2008-03-01

    A 17-year-old Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) presented with dyspnea and tachypnea. Radiographs revealed severe pleural and pericardial effusion, but no obvious mass. During attempts to remove the fluid under anesthesia, the cat developed cardiac tamponade and died. At necropsy, a nodular mass was found at the heart base and was identified as a pericardial mesothelioma. This is the first report of this tumor in any large cat.

  11. Overview of treatment related complications in malignant pleural mesothelioma

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    Gill, Ritu R.

    2017-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive malignant neoplasm of the pleura related to asbestos exposure. Despite recent advances in therapy for MPM, the prognosis remains poor, with considerable treatment associated morbidity. Radiological assessment plays a central role in the timely identification and subsequent management of treatment related complications in MPM. This review highlights common and uncommon complications associated with and encountered in the post treatment phase. PMID:28706903

  12. Mesothelioma in vehicle mechanics: is the risk different for Australians?

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    Kelsh, Michael A; Craven, Valerie A; Teta, Mary Jane; Mowat, Fionna S; Goodman, Michael

    2007-12-01

    The question of whether vehicle mechanics have an increased risk of mesothelioma has important public health implications. Calculations of relative risk using case reports from the Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) indicate increased risks; however, this contrasts with the results of 19 epidemiologic studies that have found no association. To evaluate potential explanations for the discrepancy of findings from epidemiologic studies and AMR reports. We evaluated three hypotheses as possible explanations for the inconsistency between the AMR-based calculations and the findings from published epidemiologic studies: (i) differences in exposure characteristics of Australian vehicle mechanics versus vehicle mechanics in North America and Europe, (ii) limitations of the AMR data and (iii) errors in the risk calculations based on AMR data. We reviewed available exposure information specific to Australian vehicle mechanics and AMR data, obtained from the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, for this evaluation. We did not identify differences in workplace exposures, processes or fibre type among Australian vehicle mechanics compared to vehicle mechanics in other countries. Our analysis of primary AMR data identified several errors in exposure classification and in the assumptions used to calculate relative risk. Discrepancies between epidemiologic studies and AMR-based calculations cannot be explained by differences in exposure. These discrepancies are most likely attributable to inadequate occupational information and classification in the AMR from 1986 forward and to erroneous assumptions used to derive relative risk estimates for mesothelioma among Australian vehicle mechanics.

  13. Asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma in Japan.

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    Morinaga, K; Kishimoto, T; Sakatani, M; Akira, M; Yokoyama, K; Sera, Y

    2001-04-01

    In Japan, crocidolite had been used for asbestos cement pipe and spraying, and amosite had been used for building board and spraying. These two types of asbestos had stopped to use in Japan in the late 1970s. An extreme increase in imported asbestos (all 3 commercial types) was observed between 1960 and 1974. In 1960, 77,000 tons of asbestos were imported, and reached the peak as 352,316 tons in 1974. This extreme rise of asbestos imports corresponds with the recent rapid increase in mortality of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Between 1995 and 1999, an estimated mean annual death from pleural mesothelioma was about 500. The annual number of compensated occupational respiratory cancers due to asbestos exposure has also been increasing. Up to the end of March 2000, 162 cases with malignant mesothelioma and 197 cases with lung cancer were compensated. As for lung cancer, epidemiological studies are scanty in Japan. Limited environmental data of the working places in asbestos textile factories suggests that heavy asbestos exposure in the past made deaths from respiratory diseases. Less asbestos exposure will enable exposed workers to survive enough to reach cancer age. Even now smoking rate among males in Japan are over 50%. So lung cancer deaths caused by the interaction between smoking and asbestos exposure will be continuing.

  14. Diagnosis and management of patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma

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    Burke, Allen P.

    2016-01-01

    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare neoplastic condition that arises, usually diffusely, from the serosal membranes of the abdominal cavity. MPM represents about 7% to 10% of all mesothelioma diagnoses and this translates into approximately 800 cases per year in the United States. The disease has variable tumor biology but progression, when it occurs, is almost always within the abdominal cavity. Although many patients can be successfully treated at initial presentation, the disease is almost always fatal in time. It afflicts men and women almost equally and the median age at presentation is 50 years. The diagnosis is made when a diffuse malignant process within the abdominal cavity is observed and a tissue sample reveals the characteristic histopathology and immunohistochemical profile of mesothelioma. Initial staging is usually via a cross sectional imaging study of the abdomen and pelvis making sure that the lower thorax is also assessed. If the disease burden and distribution is favorable then operative exploration, cytoreduction, and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) are considered first line treatment in selected patients. Systemic pemetrexed and cisplatin (or gemcitabine) have modest response rates that are of limited duration. Research advances with novel systemic or intraperitoneal agents hold promise. PMID:26941986

  15. Basal lamina reduplication in malignant epithelioid pleural mesothelioma.

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    Di Muzio, M; Spoletini, L; Strizzi, L; Procopio, A; Tassi, G; Casalini, A; Modesti, A

    1998-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma of the pleura is divided in three morphological variants: epithelioid, sarcomatous, and biphasic. Histological similarities between epithelioid malignant mesothelioma (EMM) and lung adenocarcinoma are responsible for the difficult differential diagnosis. Monoclonal antibodies are useful for distinguishing the two neoplasms through immunohistochemical phenotyping, although many cases require ultrastructural characterization for definitive diagnosis. In this study, transmission electron microscopic observations of EMM were compared with those of peripheral adenocarcinoma of the lung (PAL). More specifically, the morphology of the basal lamina is described in 23 cases of EMM and 12 cases of PAL. Reduplication of the basal lamina (RBL) was found in 11 cases (48%) of EMM and in none of the PAL cases. The same cases were immunostained for type IV collagen and the localization of this basement membrane component corresponded to the areas where basal lamina was observed. Since RBL has been associated with neoplastic differentiation in other tumors, this novel feature in EMM needs to be evaluated in future prognostic studies in malignant mesothelioma of the pleura. Moreover, RBL expression in EMM may be an additional ultrastructural parameter used in the differential diagnosis between EMM and adenocarcinoma.

  16. Porcelain factory worker with asbestos-related mesothelioma.

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    Tsou, Meng-Ting; Luo, Jiin-Chyuan J

    2009-10-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a rare tumor among the general population, but for people exposed to asbestos, the lifetime risk is high. A 58-year old man presented with suffering from chest pain, upper back pain, shortness of breath, and coughing that had continued for several months. A chest X-ray revealed right-side pleural effusion; however, pleural biopsy from drainage treatment confirmed a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. According to his occupational and environmental history, the patient had worked continuously in a porcelain factory for 30 years. The specific characteristics of his work, making asbestos wallboards and gaskets, entailed working in high-temperature conditions with a high fine-particle content in the atmosphere. The high working temperature caused asbestos debris and dust to fall down regularly from the wallboards, however, it was not until recently that the patient had started to wear personal protection. Asbestos is a significant source of hazardous exposure in old buildings, and this case serves as a reminder of the importance of asbestos-related exposure history, which facilitated the correct diagnosis of pulmonary malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos-containing materials that are now banned or regulated are still present in older buildings and remain an exposure hazard; they continue to be a serious health concern in many countries.

  17. Pleural malignant mesothelioma and non-occupational exposure to asbestos in Casale Monferrato, Italy.

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    Magnani, C; Terracini, B; Ivaldi, C; Botta, M; Mancini, A; Andrion, A

    1995-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--To assess and quantify the occurrence of pleural malignant mesotheliomas in people who neither experienced occupational exposure to asbestos nor were married to (or known to live with) workers exposed to asbestos in the workplace. The study was conducted in the area of the local health authority of Casale Monferrato, in north western Italy, where a large factory that produced asbestos cement was active up to 1985. No other major activities related to asbestos have ever been present in the area. METHODS--A retrospective survey covering the period 1980 to 1991 identified 126 incident pleural malignant mesotheliomas histologically diagnosed among residents in the local health authority (population at the 1981 census 98,000). Submission of 83 of 95 cases diagnosed during 1980-9 for revision by a panel of five expert pathologists led to the exclusion of 21. The 31 cases diagnosed in 1990-1 were not submitted for revision. For 64 of the 105 retained cases, information derived from different sources (rosters of the employees in the asbestos cement factory dated back to 1907, list of their spouses, clinical records) did not suggest occupational or paraoccupational exposure to asbestos. RESULTS--Incidence excludes cases for which there was some suggestion of occupational or paraoccupational exposure to asbestos. Incidence of histologically confirmed malignant mesothelioma among residents in the local health authority (annual x 100,000; age adjusted) was 4.2 in men and 2.3 in women (based on 26 and 18 cases respectively). In both sexes, rates in 1985-9 were higher than in the previous quinquennium. Corresponding estimates for 1990-1 (based on unrevised diagnoses) suggest similar rates in men and women. CONCLUSION--Rate ratios which are four to six times those measured by conventional Italian cancer registries can hardly be totally explained by bias produced by lack of recognition of occupational or paraoccupational exposure. The problem of proving this type of

  18. Intrapleural administration of interleukin 2 in pleural mesothelioma: a phase I-II study.

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    Goey, S. H.; Eggermont, A. M.; Punt, C. J.; Slingerland, R.; Gratama, J. W.; Oosterom, R.; Oskam, R.; Bolhuis, R. L.; Stoter, G.

    1995-01-01

    Twenty-three patients with pleural mesothelioma stage I-IIA were entered in a study of continuous daily intrapleural infusion of interleukin 2 (IL-2) for 14 days, repeated every 4 weeks. IL-2 was administered according to a groupwise dose escalation schedule (group A, 3 x 10(4); group B, 3 x 10(5); group C, 3 x 10(6); group D, 6 x 10(6); group E, 18 x 10(6); and group F, 36 x 10(6) IU day-1). Each group consisted of at least three patients. Intrapleural administration of IL-2 was associated with acceptable toxicity. All patients were treated on an outpatient basis except for the patients at dose levels E and F. Dose-limiting toxicity was observed at level F, 36 x 10(6) IU daily, and consisted of catheter infection, fever and flu-like symptoms. Intrapleural IL-2 levels were high (> 20,000 IU ml-1) at levels E and F, while serum levels in most patients were not or barely detectable (< 3-30 IU ml-1). Intrapleural IL-2 levels were up to 6000-fold higher than systemic levels. Intrapleural tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) levels varied greatly and did not correlate with IL-2 dosage. Intrapleural mononuclear cells (MNCs) displayed IL-2-induced lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) activity in all patients. Two patients were not evaluable for response owing to catheter-related problems which precluded the delivery of IL-2. Partial response (PR) occurred in 4 of 21 evaluable patients (19%; 95% confidence interval 5-42%) with a median time to progression of 12 months (range 5-37). Stable disease (SD) occurred in seven patients with a median time to progression of 5 months (range 2-7). There were no complete responses (CRs). The median overall survival was 15.6 months (range 3.0-43). No relationship between the dose of IL-2 and response rate was observed. We conclude that IL-2 given intrapleurally is accompanied with acceptable toxicity and has anti-tumour activity against mesothelioma. In view of the refractory nature of the disease IL-2 may be a treatment option for

  19. Fine needle aspirate flow cytometric phenotyping characterizes immunosuppressive nature of the mesothelioma microenvironment

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    Lizotte, Patrick H.; Jones, Robert E.; Keogh, Lauren; Ivanova, Elena; Liu, Hongye; Awad, Mark M.; Hammerman, Peter S.; Gill, Ritu R.; Richards, William G.; Barbie, David A.; Bass, Adam J.; Bueno, Raphael; English, Jessie M.; Bittinger, Mark; Wong, Kwok-Kin

    2016-01-01

    With the emergence of checkpoint blockade and other immunotherapeutic drugs, and the growing adoption of smaller, more flexible adaptive clinical trial designs, there is an unmet need to develop diagnostics that can rapidly immunophenotype patient tumors. The ability to longitudinally profile the tumor immune infiltrate in response to immunotherapy also presents a window of opportunity to illuminate mechanisms of resistance. We have developed a fine needle aspirate biopsy (FNA) platform to perform immune profiling on thoracic malignancies. Matching peripheral blood, bulk resected tumor, and FNA were analyzed from 13 mesothelioma patients. FNA samples yielded greater numbers of viable cells when compared to core needle biopsies. Cell numbers were adequate to perform flow cytometric analyses on T cell lineage, T cell activation and inhibitory receptor expression, and myeloid immunosuppressive checkpoint markers. FNA samples were representative of the tumor as a whole as assessed by head-to-head comparison to single cell suspensions of dissociated whole tumor. Parallel analysis of matched patient blood enabled us to establish quality assurance criteria to determine the accuracy of FNA procedures to sample tumor tissue. FNA biopsies provide a diagnostic to rapidly phenotype the tumor immune microenvironment that may be of great relevance to clinical trials. PMID:27539742

  20. Well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma: a clinicopathological and immunohistochemical study of 18 cases with additional observation.

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    Chen, Xiaochen; Sheng, Weiqi; Wang, Jian

    2013-04-01

    To present our experience with 18 cases of well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma (WDPM), with an emphasis on its relationship to adenomatoid tumour and multicystic mesothelioma. Eighteen cases of WDPM were retrieved. Twenty cases of multicystic mesothelioma were selected for comparative study. The WDPM patients comprised 14 females and four males, with age ranging from 18 to 60 years (median 37 years). The tumour involved the abdominal or pelvic peritoneum (14 cases), the pleura (two cases), and the testicular tunica vaginalis (two cases). The majority of WDPMs were incidental findings during surgery for a wide variety of conditions. Histologically, 13 cases were consistent with classical WDPM. Two cases had a combined component of adenomatoid tumour, and three cases contained coexisting areas of multicystic mesothelioma. Among the multicystic mesothelioma cases, four had adenomatoid tumour-like foci present in the stroma. Immunohistochemically, all cases of WDPM and multicystic mesothelioma, as well as the coexisting combined components, were positive for mesothelial markers, with a low Ki67 index. This study also showed that WDPM was negative for epithelial membrane antigen and desmin. The simultaneous occurrence of WDPM, adenomatoid tumour and multicystic mesothelioma in some cases suggested histogenetic relationships among these three less aggressive mesotheliomas. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  1. Immune Suppression Enhances Effectiveness of Mesothelioma Targeted Immunotoxin | Center for Cancer Research

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    Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the linings of the organs in the chest and the abdomen and is often caused by exposure to asbestos. Although patients with localized disease may be treated effectively with surgery, those with more-advanced mesothelioma have few approved treatment options.

  2. Ultrastructural and chromosomal studies on manganese superoxide dismutase in malignant mesothelioma.

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    Kinnula, Vuokko L; Torkkeli, Tuula; Kristo, Paula; Sormunen, Raija; Soini, Ylermi; Pääkkö, Paavo; Ollikainen, Tiina; Kahlos, Katriina; Hirvonen, Ari; Knuutila, Sakari

    2004-08-01

    Mesothelioma represents an aggressive tumor type with high resistance to all treatment modalities. Its pathogenesis is strongly associated with exposure to asbestos fibers and probably with free radicals. One of the most important free radical scavenging enzymes, mitochondrial manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), has been shown to be elevated in mesothelioma (K. Kahlos et al., 1998, Am. J. Respir. Cell Mol. Biol. 18:570-580). In the present study, we could detect intense ultrastructural accumulation of MnSOD in the mitochondrial compartment of malignant mesothelioma cells. There was no association between the immunohistochemical reactivity and the most common and functional polymorphic variant of MnSOD, the Ala to Val amino acid change at 9 position (16th amino acid from the beginning of the signal sequence), in the 31 mesothelioma cases investigated. Comparative genomic hybridization and fluorescence in situ hybridization did not reveal any changes in chromosome 6, where the MnSOD gene is located. Sequencing of the MnSOD promoter region in four mesothelioma cell lines showed similar nucleotide variables in the malignant and nonmalignant cells. Therefore, the intense expression of MnSOD in the mitochondria of mesothelioma cells does not appear be associated with any major chromosomal alterations or the polymorphism of MnSOD gene. Association with oxidative/nitrosative stress in mesothelioma using nitrotyrosine immunostaining pointed to a tendency for more intense reactivity in those mesotheliomas with higher MnSOD expression (P = 0.069).

  3. Downregulation of TBXAS1 in an iron-induced malignant mesothelioma model.

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    Minami, Daisuke; Takigawa, Nagio; Kato, Yuka; Kudo, Kenichiro; Isozaki, Hideko; Hashida, Shinsuke; Harada, Daijiro; Ochi, Nobuaki; Fujii, Masanori; Kubo, Toshio; Ohashi, Kadoaki; Sato, Akiko; Tanaka, Takehiro; Hotta, Katsuyuki; Tabata, Masahiro; Toyooka, Shinichi; Tanimoto, Mitsune; Kiura, Katsuyuki

    2015-10-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive and therapy-resistant neoplasm arising from mesothelial cells. Evidence suggests that the major pathology associated with asbestos-induced mesothelioma is local iron overload. In the present study, we induced iron-induced mesothelioma in rats based on previous reports. Ten Wistar rats were given ferric saccharate and nitrilotriacetate i.p. for 5 days a week. Five of the ten rats exhibited widespread mesotheliomas in the peritoneum and tunica vaginalis. The tumor cells showed positive immunostaining for calretinin, wilms tumor-1, podoplanin and the oxidative DNA marker 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine. In three of the five rats with mesothelioma, array-based comparative genomic hybridization analysis identified a common chromosomal deletion mapped to the chromosomal 4q31 locus, which encompasses the TBXAS1 gene. Downregulation of the TBXAS1 gene was confirmed using quantitative PCR. TBXAS1 gene expression was also reduced in three of four human malignant pleural mesothelioma cell lines compared with normal bronchial epithelial cells. Immunohistochemistry revealed that TBXAS1 expression was weakly positive and positive in five and three out of eight human malignant mesothelioma samples, respectively. In conclusion, TBXAS1 gene expression was downregulated in rats with iron-induced mesothelioma. The relationship between iron overload and TBXAS1 downregulation should be pursued further.

  4. Fibulin-3 as a Blood and Effusion Biomarker for Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Pass, Harvey I.; Levin, Stephen M.; Harbut, Michael R.; Melamed, Jonathan; Chiriboga, Luis; Donington, Jessica; Huflejt, Margaret; Carbone, Michele; Chia, David; Goodglick, Lee; Goodman, Gary E.; Thornquist, Mark D.; Liu, Geoffrey; de Perrot, Marc; Tsao, Ming-Sound; Goparaju, Chandra

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND New biomarkers are needed to detect pleural mesothelioma at an earlier stage and to individualize treatment strategies. We investigated whether fibulin-3 in plasma and pleural effusions could meet sensitivity and specificity criteria for a robust biomarker. METHODS We measured fibulin-3 levels in plasma (from 92 patients with mesothelioma, 136 asbestos-exposed persons without cancer, 93 patients with effusions not due to mesothelioma, and 43 healthy controls), effusions (from 74 patients with mesothelioma, 39 with benign effusions, and 54 with malignant effusions not due to mesothelioma), or both. A blinded validation was subsequently performed. Tumor tissue was examined for fibulin-3 by immunohistochemical analysis, and levels of fibulin-3 in plasma and effusions were measured with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS Plasma fibulin-3 levels did not vary according to age, sex, duration of asbestos exposure, or degree of radiographic changes and were significantly higher in patients with pleural mesothelioma (105±7 ng per milliliter in the Detroit cohort and 113±8 ng per milliliter in the New York cohort) than in asbestos-exposed persons without mesothelioma (14±1 ng per milliliter and 24±1 ng per milliliter, respectively; P<0.001). Effusion fibulin-3 levels were significantly higher in patients with pleural mesothelioma (694±37 ng per milliliter in the Detroit cohort and 636±92 ng per milliliter in the New York cohort) than in patients with effusions not due to mesothelioma (212±25 and 151±23 ng per milliliter, respectively; P<0.001). Fibulin-3 preferentially stained tumor cells in 26 of 26 samples. In an overall comparison of patients with and those without mesothelioma, the receiver-operating-characteristic curve for plasma fibulin-3 levels had a sensitivity of 96.7% and a specificity of 95.5% at a cutoff value of 52.8 ng of fibulin-3 per milliliter. In a comparison of patients with early-stage mesothelioma with asbestos

  5. National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank: A Platform for Collaborative Research and Mesothelioma Biobanking Resource to Support Translational Research.

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    Amin, Waqas; Parwani, Anil V; Melamed, Jonathan; Flores, Raja; Pennathur, Arjun; Valdivieso, Federico; Whelan, Nancy B; Landreneau, Rodeny; Luketich, James; Feldman, Michael; Pass, Harvey I; Becich, Michael J

    2013-01-01

    The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB), developed six years ago, gathers clinically annotated human mesothelioma specimens for basic and clinical science research. During this period, this resource has greatly increased its collection of specimens by expanding the number of contributing academic health centers including New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Marketing efforts at both national and international annual conferences increase awareness and availability of the mesothelioma specimens at no cost to approved investigators, who query the web-based NMVB database for cumulative and appropriate patient clinicopathological information on the specimens. The data disclosure and specimen distribution protocols are tightly regulated to maintain compliance with participating institutions' IRB and regulatory committee reviews. The NMVB currently has over 1120 annotated cases available for researchers, including paraffin embedded tissues, fresh frozen tissue, tissue microarrays (TMA), blood samples, and genomic DNA. In addition, the resource offers expertise and assistance for collaborative research. Furthermore, in the last six years, the resource has provided hundreds of specimens to the research community. The investigators can request specimens and/or data by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) that is evaluated by NMVB research evaluation panel (REP).

  6. Latest developments in our understanding of the pathogenesis of mesothelioma and the design of targeted therapies

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    Bononi, Angela; Napolitano, Andrea; Pass, Harvey I; Yang, Haining; Carbone, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer whose pathogenesis is causally linked to occupational exposure to asbestos. Familial clusters of mesotheliomas have been observed in settings of genetic predisposition. Mesothelioma incidence is anticipated to increase worldwide in the next two decades. Novel treatments are needed, as current treatment modalities may improve the quality of life, but have shown modest effects in improving overall survival. Increasing knowledge on the molecular characteristics of mesothelioma has led to the development of novel potential therapeutic strategies, including: (i) molecular targeted approaches, i.e. the inhibiton of vascular endothelial growth factor with Bevacizumab; (ii) immunotherapy with chimeric monoclonal antibody, immunotoxin, antibody drug conjugate, vaccine and viruses; (iii) inhibition of asbestos-induced inflammation, i.e. aspirin inhibition of HMGB1 activity may decrease or delay mesothelioma onset and/or growth. We elaborate on the rationale behind new therapeutic strategies, and summarize available preclinical and clinical results, as well as efforts still ongoing. PMID:26308799

  7. Identification of intelectin overexpression in malignant pleural mesothelioma by serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE).

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    Wali, Anil; Morin, Patrice J; Hough, Colleen D; Lonardo, Fulvio; Seya, Tsukasa; Carbone, Michele; Pass, Harvey I

    2005-04-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a fatal neoplasm with no acceptable curative approaches. We used serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) to compare the gene expression pattern of a surgically resected MPM to the autologous normal mesothelium. Intelectin gene overexpression (>139-fold) was found in the tumor. Online SAGE datasets revealed intelectin to be consistently present in mesothelioma(s), ovarian cancer, and colon cancer. Intelectin mRNA expression was found by RT-PCR in 4 of 5 resected MPM tumors, and Intelectin protein expression was confirmed by immunohistochemistry in 28 of 53 MPM tumors, and in 4 of 4 mesothelioma cell lines studied by Western blot. A marked induction in intelectin gene expression was observed among human primary mesothelial cells as a consequence of crocidolite asbestos exposure and simian virus 40 infection. Intelectin overexpression in mesothelioma could have potential screening, and therapeutic implications.

  8. Use of antibodies to carcinoembryonic antigen and human milk fat globule to distinguish carcinoma, mesothelioma, and reactive mesothelium.

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    Marshall, R J; Herbert, A; Braye, S G; Jones, D B

    1984-01-01

    Antibodies raised against human milk fat globule (HMFG 1 and 2) and carcinoembryonic antigen were used in an immunoperoxidase technique to differentiate mesothelioma, carcinoma, and benign, reactive mesothelium. Sixteen mesotheliomas, 27 lung carcinomas, and 13 specimens of reactive mesothelium were examined. Staining for carcinoembryonic antigen was not seen in reactive mesothelium or mesothelioma but was present in 22 of 27 carcinomas. Mesothelioma and carcinoma usually stained with HMFG 1 and 2; reactive mesothelium did not. These three antibodies may help to distinguish carcinoma, mesothelioma, and reactive mesothelium. Images PMID:6094617

  9. Increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos during home maintenance and renovation.

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    Olsen, Nola J; Franklin, Peter J; Reid, Alison; de Klerk, Nicholas H; Threlfall, Timothy J; Shilkin, Keith; Musk, Bill

    2011-09-05

    To determine trends in incidence of malignant mesothelioma (MM) caused by exposure to asbestos during home maintenance and renovation. Using the Western Australian Mesothelioma Register, we reviewed all cases of MM diagnosed in WA from 1960 to the end of 2008, and determined the primary source of exposure to asbestos. Categories of exposure were collapsed into seven groups: asbestos miners and millers from Wittenoom; all other asbestos workers; residents from Wittenoom; home maintenance/renovators; other people exposed but not through their occupation; and people with unknown asbestos exposure; or no known asbestos exposure. Latency periods and age at diagnosis for each group were calculated and compared. In WA, 1631 people (1408 men, 223 women) were diagnosed with MM between 1960 and 2008. Since 1981, there have been 87 cases (55 in men) of MM attributed to asbestos exposure during home maintenance and renovation, and an increasing trend in such cases, in both men and women. In the last 4 years of the study (2005-2008), home renovators accounted for 8.4% of all men and 35.7% of all women diagnosed with MM. After controlling for sex and both year and age at diagnosis, the latency period for people exposed to asbestos during home renovation was significantly shorter than that for all other exposure groups, but the shorter follow-up and difficulty recalling when exposure first occurred in this group may partly explain this. MM after exposure to asbestos during home renovation is an increasing problem in WA, and these cases seem to have a shorter latency period than other types of exposure. MM cases related to renovation will probably continue to increase because of the many homes that have contained, and still contain, asbestos building products.

  10. Historical cohort study of US man-made vitreous fiber production workers: II. Mortality from mesothelioma.

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    Marsh, G M; Gula, M J; Youk, A O; Buchanich, J M; Churg, A; Colby, T V

    2001-09-01

    As part of our ongoing mortality surveillance program for the US man-made vitreous fiber (MMVF) industry, we examined mortality from malignant mesothelioma using data from our 1989 follow-up of 3478 rock/slag wool workers and our 1992 follow-up of 32,110 fiberglass workers. A manual search of death certificates for 1011 rock/slag wool workers and 9060 fiberglass workers revealed only 10 death certificates with any mention of the word "mesothelioma." A subsequent review of medical records and pathology specimens for 3 of the 10 workers deemed two deaths as definitely not due to mesothelioma and one as having a 50% chance of being caused by mesothelioma. Two other deaths, for which only medical records were available, were given less than a 50% chance of being due to mesothelioma. Eight of the 10 decedents had potential occupational asbestos exposure inside or outside the MMVF industry. We also estimated the mortality risk from malignant mesothelioma in the cohort using two cause-of-death categorizations that included both malignant and benign coding rubrics. Using the more comprehensive scheme, we observed overall deficits in deaths among the total cohort and fiberglass workers and an overall excess among rock/slag wool workers. The excess in respiratory system cancer is largely a reflection of elevated lung cancer risks that we attributed mainly to confounding by smoking, to exposures outside the MMVF industry to agents such as asbestos, or to one or more of the several co-exposures present in many of the study plants (including asbestos). The second scheme, which focused on pleural mesothelioma in time periods when specific malignant mesothelioma coding rubrics were available, classified only one cohort death as being caused by malignant mesothelioma, compared with 2.19 expected deaths (local county comparison). We conclude that the overall mortality risk from malignant mesothelioma does not seem to be elevated in the US MMVF cohort.

  11. Environmental risk of mesothelioma in the United States: An emerging concern-epidemiological issues.

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    Baumann, Francine; Carbone, Michele

    2016-01-01

    Despite predictions of decline in mesothelioma following the ban of asbestos in most industrial countries, the incidence is still increasing globally, particularly in women. Because occupational exposure to asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma, it occurs four- to eightfold more frequently in men than women, at a median age of 74 years. When mesothelioma is due to an environmental exposure, the M:F sex ratio is 1:1 and the median age at diagnosis is ~60 years. Studying environmental risk of mesothelioma is challenging because of the long latency period and small numbers, and because this type of exposure is involuntary and unknown. Individual-based methods cannot be used, and new approaches need to be found. To better understand the most recent trends of mesothelioma in the United States, all mesothelioma deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during 1999-2010 were analyzed. Among all mesothelioma deaths in the United States, the 1920s birth cohort significantly predominated, and the proportion of younger cohorts constantly decreased with time, suggesting a decline in occupational exposure in these cohorts. The M:F mesothelioma sex ratio fell with time, suggesting an increased proportion of environmental cases. Environmental exposures occur in specific geographic areas. At the large scale of a state, mesotheliomas related to environmental exposure are diluted among occupational cases. The spatial analysis at a smaller scale, such as county, enables detection of areas with higher proportions of female and young mesothelioma cases, thus indicating possible environmental exposure, where geological and environmental investigations need to be carried out.

  12. Soluble mesothelin in effusions: a useful tool for the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma

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    Creaney, Jenette; Yeoman, Deborah; Naumoff, Leanne K; Hof, Michelle; Segal, Amanda; Musk, Arthur William; De Klerk, Nicholas; Horick, Nora; Skates, Steven J; Horick, Bruce W S RobinsonNora

    2007-01-01

    Background The diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is frequently difficult, the most common differential diagnosis being reactive pleural conditions and metastatic adenocarcinoma. Soluble mesothelin levels in serum have recently been shown to be highly specific and moderately sensitive for mesothelioma. As most patients with mesothelioma present with exudative effusions of either the pleura or the peritoneum, a study was undertaken to determine if levels of mesothelin were raised in these fluids and if the increased levels could help to distinguish mesothelioma from other causes of exudative effusion. Methods Pleural fluid was collected from 192 patients who presented to respiratory clinics (52 with malignant mesothelioma, 56 with non‐mesotheliomatous malignancies and 84 with effusions of non‐neoplastic origin). Peritoneal fluid was collected from 42 patients (7 with mesothelioma, 14 with non‐mesotheliomatous malignancies and 21 with benign effusions). Mesothelin levels were determined in effusion and serum samples by ELISA. Results Significantly higher levels of mesothelin were found in effusions of patients with mesothelioma; with a specificity of 98%, the assay had a sensitivity of 67% comparing patients with mesothelioma and those with effusions of non‐neoplastic origin. In 7 out of 10 cases mesothelin levels were raised in the effusion collected 3 weeks to 10 months before the diagnosis of mesothelioma was made; in 4 out of 8 of these, mesothelin levels were increased in the effusion but not in the serum. Conclusions Measurement of mesothelin concentrations in the pleural and/or peritoneal effusion of patients may aid in the differential diagnosis of mesothelioma in patients presenting with effusions. PMID:17356060

  13. Effects of a Social Skills Intervention Administered in Mixed Diagnostic Groups for Children with Peer Relationship Problems

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    Lefler, Elizabeth K.; Hartung, Cynthia M.; Scambler, Douglas J.; Page, Melanie C.; Sullivan, Maureen A.; Armendariz, Monica L.; Isenberg, Jill C.; Warner, Christina M.

    2009-01-01

    Research on social skills interventions has been mixed. This study evaluates a group-administered, manualized social skills intervention program. Twenty-three boys and 9 girls between the ages of 7 and 13 participated. Participants were included in the groups based on peer relationship difficulties rather than diagnostic status, resulting in a…

  14. Searching for patent foramen ovale in a 44-year-old female patient after ischemic stroke – diagnostic problems

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    Kralisz, Paweł; Bachórzewska-Gajewska, Hanna; Dobrzycki, Sławomir

    2016-01-01

    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is associated with the occurrence of cryptogenic strokes in young patients. Transesophageal echocardiography with contrast is the established standard in PFO diagnostics. We present the case of a 44-year-old female patient after ischemic stroke, in whom PFO was not detected by echocardiography; the defect was ultimately diagnosed by right heart catheterization. PMID:27516797

  15. Methods and means of diagnostics of oncological diseases on the basis of pattern recognition: intelligent morphological systems - problems and solutions

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    Nikitaev, V. G.

    2017-01-01

    The development of methods of pattern recognition in modern intelligent systems of clinical cancer diagnosis are discussed. The histological (morphological) diagnosis - primary diagnosis for medical setting with cancer are investigated. There are proposed: interactive methods of recognition and structure of intellectual morphological complexes based on expert training-diagnostic and telemedicine systems. The proposed approach successfully implemented in clinical practice.

  16. Improving the Quality of Diagnostic Studies Evaluating Point of Care Tests for Acute HIV Infections: Problems and Recommendations

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    Smallwood, Megan; Pant Pai, Nitika

    2017-01-01

    The diagnosis of acute human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (AHI) plays a unique role in preventing the spread of HIV and ending the epidemic. Acutely infected individuals are thought to contribute substantially to forward transmissions of HIV; however, diagnosing AHI in resource-limited settings has proven to be a challenge. While fourth generation antigen-antibody combination assays have been successful in high-resource settings, rapid point of care (POC) versions of these assays have yet to demonstrate high sensitivity to detect AHI. Newer RNA/DNA based POC technologies are being validated, but the challenge to understand the additional value of these devices depends on the quality of study evaluations, in particular choice of study designs and case mix of included populations. In this commentary, we aimed to review the quality of studies evaluating a new fourth generation rapid test for detecting AHI, to identify general methodological limitations and biases in diagnostic accuracy studies, and to recommend strategies for avoiding them in future evaluations. The new studies that were evaluated continued to report the same weaknesses and biases that were seen in previous evaluations of fourth generation rapid tests. We recommend that investigators design future studies carefully, keeping in mind how diagnostic performance may be influenced by prevalence, population, patient case mixes, and reference standards. Care must be taken to avoid biases specific to diagnostic accuracy studies (spectrum, verification, incorporation and reference standard biases). To improve on quality, reporting checklists and guidelines such as Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) and Standards for Reporting Diagnostic accuracy studies (STARD) should be reviewed prior to conducting studies. PMID:28273857

  17. Improving the Quality of Diagnostic Studies Evaluating Point of Care Tests for Acute HIV Infections: Problems and Recommendations.

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    Smallwood, Megan; Pant Pai, Nitika

    2017-03-04

    The diagnosis of acute human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (AHI) plays a unique role in preventing the spread of HIV and ending the epidemic. Acutely infected individuals are thought to contribute substantially to forward transmissions of HIV; however, diagnosing AHI in resource-limited settings has proven to be a challenge. While fourth generation antigen-antibody combination assays have been successful in high-resource settings, rapid point of care (POC) versions of these assays have yet to demonstrate high sensitivity to detect AHI. Newer RNA/DNA based POC technologies are being validated, but the challenge to understand the additional value of these devices depends on the quality of study evaluations, in particular choice of study designs and case mix of included populations. In this commentary, we aimed to review the quality of studies evaluating a new fourth generation rapid test for detecting AHI, to identify general methodological limitations and biases in diagnostic accuracy studies, and to recommend strategies for avoiding them in future evaluations. The new studies that were evaluated continued to report the same weaknesses and biases that were seen in previous evaluations of fourth generation rapid tests. We recommend that investigators design future studies carefully, keeping in mind how diagnostic performance may be influenced by prevalence, population, patient case mixes, and reference standards. Care must be taken to avoid biases specific to diagnostic accuracy studies (spectrum, verification, incorporation and reference standard biases). To improve on quality, reporting checklists and guidelines such as Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) and Standards for Reporting Diagnostic accuracy studies (STARD) should be reviewed prior to conducting studies.

  18. Asbestos textile production linked to malignant peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma in women: Analysis of 28 cases in Southeast China.

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    Gao, Zhibin; Hiroshima, Kenzo; Wu, Xiaodong; Zhang, Jixian; Shao, Dichu; Shao, Huajiang; Yang, Hanqing; Yusa, Toshikazu; Kiyokawa, Takako; Kobayashi, Makio; Shinohara, Yasushi; Røe, Oluf D; Zhang, Xing; Morinaga, Kenji

    2015-10-01

    Chrysotile had been used in asbestos textile workshops in Southeast China but a clear relation to mesothelioma is lacking. All patients diagnosed with mesothelioma from 2003 to 2010 at Yuyao People's Hospital were re-evaluated by multiple expert pathologists with immunohistochemistry and asbestos exposure data were collected. Of 43 patients with a mesothelioma diagnosis, 19 peritoneal and nine pleural cases were finally diagnosed as mesothelioma. All were females, and the mean age of the patients with peritoneal or pleural mesothelioma was 52.4 and 58.2 years, respectively. All these cases had a history of domestic or occupational exposure to chrysotile. Two-thirds of the patients were from two adjoining towns with multiple small asbestos textile workshops. Contamination of tremolite was estimated to be less than 0.3%. This is a report of mesothelioma in women exposed to chrysotile asbestos at home and at work, with an over-representation of peritoneal mesothelioma. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Heterogeneity of exposure and attribution of mesothelioma: Trends and strategies in two American counties

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    Case, B. W.; Abraham, J. L.

    2009-02-01

    As mesothelioma risk has begun to decline in the United States, two trends are gaining relative importance. "Legacy" exposures causing this disease are most important in locales having past asbestos industry, shipyards, and/or local distribution of asbestos amphibole-containing material as a result. "Future" exposures are of particular concern in relation to so-called "naturally occurring asbestos" (NOA) areas which include unequivocally asbestiform amphibole. In this paper, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana is used as an example of the first trend, and El Dorado County, California as an example of the second. Available tumor registry, epidemiology, historical and mineralogical data, and lung-retained fibre content are used as indicators of disease and exposure. Jefferson Parish, LA was chosen as the prototype of "legacy" exposures on the basis of historical evidence of asbestos plants with known mesotheliomas in the workforce, known shipyards in the same area, EPA records of distribution of crocidolite-containing scrap to and remediation of over 1400 properties, NIOSH published data on mesothelioma by county, and exposure data including lung-retained fibre analyses in victims, where available. El Dorado, CA was chosen as the prototype of NOA amphibole exposures on the basis of tumor registry data, activity-based EPA sampling data in one area, and lung-retained fibre analyses in area pets, and future risk assessment based on tremolite-specific modelling in Libby, Montana and elsewhere. As expected, the legacy exposure area was high in mesothelioma incidence and mortality. Lung-retained fibre content confirms crocidolite exposures in exposed plant-workers and those exposed to crocidolite-containing scrap, and amosite in shipyard workers. In contrast, to date, cancer registry data in the NOA-amphibole ("future") county does not show a clear increase in incidence or mortality, but grouped county data from the area show a shift in higher incidence rates to the NOA areas and

  20. The diagnostic utility of p16 FISH and GLUT-1 immunohistochemical analysis in mesothelial proliferations.

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    Monaco, Sara E; Shuai, Yongli; Bansal, Mona; Krasinskas, Alyssa M; Dacic, Sanja

    2011-04-01

    Two promising ancillary tests used in the diagnosis of mesothelioma include GLUT-1 immunohistochemical analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) testing for the p16 deletion. This study compared the diagnostic usefulness of p16 FISH and GLUT-1 immunohistochemical analysis in the diagnosis of mesothelial proliferations in 158 cases with a diagnosis of benign (45.4%), atypical (10.4%), or malignant/mesothelioma (44.2%). Of the 70 benign cases, none had a deletion of p16 and 5 cases (7%) were positive for GLUT-1. Of the 68 mesotheliomas, 40 (59%) had a deletion of p16 (sensitivity, 59%; specificity, 100%) and 27 (40%) were positive for GLUT-1 (sensitivity, 40%; specificity, 93%). GLUT-1 showed lower sensitivity in pleural (56% vs 70%) and peritoneal (29% vs 51%) mesotheliomas (P = .004). Our results demonstrate that p16 FISH is a more sensitive and specific test than GLUT-1 immunohistochemical analysis and can be a more reliable ancillary tool to support the diagnosis of mesothelioma.

  1. Role of MIF/CD74 signaling pathway in the development of pleural mesothelioma.

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    D'Amato-Brito, Cintia; Cipriano, Davide; Colin, Didier J; Germain, Stéphane; Seimbille, Yann; Robert, John H; Triponez, Frédéric; Serre-Beinier, Véronique

    2016-03-08

    Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine implicated in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. MIF is overexpressed in various tumors. It displays a number of functions that provide a direct link between the process of inflammation and tumor growth. Our group recently identified the MIF-receptor CD74 as an independent prognostic factor for overall survival in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.In the present study, we compared the levels of expression of MIF and CD74 in different human mesothelioma cell lines and investigated their physiopathological functions in vitro and in vivo.Human mesothelioma cells expressed more CD74 and secreted less MIF than non tumoral MeT5A cells, suggesting a higher sensitivity to MIF. In mesothelioma cells, high MIF levels were associated with a high multiplication rate of cells. In vitro, reduction of MIF or CD74 levels in both mesothelioma cell lines showed that the MIF/CD74 signaling pathway promoted tumor cell proliferation and protected MPM cells from apoptosis. Finally, mesothelioma cell lines expressing high CD74 levels had a low tumorigenic potential after xenogeneic implantation in athymic nude mice.All these data highlight the complexity of the MIF/CD74 signaling pathway in the development of mesothelioma.

  2. Prognostic significance of soluble mesothelin in malignant pleural mesothelioma: a meta-analysis

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    Shen, Cheng; Lai, Yutian; Wang, Mingming; Che, Guowei

    2017-01-01

    Background Soluble mesothelin is beneficial to detect the progression and the treatment response of malignant pleural mesothelioma. However, the prognostic value of soluble mesothelin in malignant pleural mesothelioma remains unclear. Methods Hazard ratio with 95% CI was used to evaluate the prognostic value of soluble mesothelin and the effect of clinicopathological characteristics on the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Results Eight eligible studies involving 579 patients were selected for this meta-analysis. The results showed that soluble mesothelin level was significantly correlated with the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma (pooled HR: 1.958, 95%CI: 1.531-2.504, p = 0.000; heterogeneity test: I2 = 1.1%, p = 0.421). In addition, the survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma was significantly correlated with some clinicopathological characteristics such as tumor histology (HR = 3.214, 95% CI = 2.071-4.988, p = 0.000; heterogeneity test: I2 = 0.0%, p = 0.623) and tumor stage (HR = 2.007; 95% CI = 1.477-2.727; p = 0.000; heterogeneity test: I2 = 0.0%, p = 0.966). Conclusions The survival of malignant pleural mesothelioma is significantly correlated with tumor histology and tumor stage. Furthermore, high soluble mesothelin level may lead to a poor prognosis for malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. PMID:28507279

  3. Capacity of tumor necrosis factor to augment lymphocyte-mediated tumor cell lysis of malignant mesothelioma

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    Bowman, R.V.; Manning, L.S.; Davis, M.R.; Robinson, B.W. )

    1991-01-01

    Recombinant human tumor necrosis factor (rHuTNF) was evaluated both for direct anti-tumor action against human malignant mesothelioma and for its capacity to augment the generation and lytic phases of lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity against this tumor. rHuTNF was directly toxic by MTT assay to one of two mesothelioma cell lines evaluated, but had no effect on susceptibility to subsequent lymphocyte-mediated lysis of either line. TNF alone was incapable of generating anti-mesothelioma lymphokine-activated killer cell (LAK) activity. Furthermore, it did not augment the degree or LAK activity produced by submaximal interleukin-2 (IL-2) concentrations nor did it augment lysis of mesothelioma cells by natural killer (NK) or LAK effector cells during the 4-hr 51chromium release cytolytic reaction. The studies also suggest that mesothelioma targets are less responsive to TNF plus submaximal IL-2 concentrations than the standard LAK sensitive target Daudi, raising the possibility that intermediate LAK sensitive tumors such as mesothelioma may require separate and specific evaluation in immunomodulation studies. This in vitro study indicates that use of low-dose rHuTNF and IL-2 is unlikely to be an effective substitute for high-dose IL-2 in generation and maintenance of LAK activity in adoptive immunotherapy for mesothelioma.

  4. A case-control study of mesothelioma and employment in the Hawaii sugarcane industry.

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    Sinks, T; Goodman, M T; Kolonel, L N; Anderson, B

    1994-07-01

    We conducted a case-control study of 93 mesothelioma cases and 281 cancer controls to determine whether sugarcane workers exposed to biogenic silica fibers were at increased risk of mesothelioma. We found no important excess risk of mesothelioma in sugarcane workers [odds ratio (OR) = 1.3; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.4-3.8] when we excluded all control subjects with cancer of sites suspected of being associated with asbestos exposure. We could not identify any sugarcane workers who developed mesothelioma and worked in jobs where high exposure levels of biogenic silica fibers have been measured. We did confirm that mesothelioma risk in Hawaii is associated with probable occupational asbestos exposure. Work at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard was associated with a 10-fold increase in mesothelioma when we excluded controls with cancer of sites related to asbestos exposure (OR = 10.1; 95% CI = 2.6-56.6). Work in the medical industry was also associated with an unexpected increased risk for mesothelioma (OR = 4.2; 95% CI = 1.2-15.5).

  5. [Malignant mesothelioma risk factors: experience in the General Hospital of Mexico].

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    Hernández-Solís, Alejandro; Garcia-Hernández, Cyntia; Reding-Bernal, Arturo; Cruz-Ortiz, Humberto; Cicero-Sabido, Raúl

    2013-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a neoplasm of bad prognosis, it is linked with asbestos contact, but there are cases without this antecedent. To investigate the relationship of asbestos exposition and other factors with malignant mesothelioma. Retrospective analysis of histologic confirmed cases of malignant mesothelioma, neoplasic familiar history, tobacco smoking, exposure to wood smoke and to asbestos, were annotated in a paired case/control study 1: 1-3 with logistic regression model to identify risk factors for OR. 61 cases of malignant mesothelioma were confirmed by histopathologic study, 41 male and 20 female. Mean age was 56 years ± 13 years; 56 cases (91.8%) correspond to epithelial malignant mesothelioma, three sarcomatous (4.9%) one desmoplastic and one biphasic. One in eight (13.1%) had exposure to asbestos. Model of logistic regression with four variables: history of familiar cancer, tobacco smoking, wood smoke and asbestos exposition, the the last one with an OR= 3.083 and p > 0.05. No other variables found to be a risk factor for malignant mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos is a risk factor for malignant mesothelioma, which is confirmed in this study, however it is important to extend the investigation of other possible causal factors of this disease.

  6. Role of MIF/CD74 signaling pathway in the development of pleural mesothelioma

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    D'Amato-Brito, Cintia; Cipriano, Davide; Colin, Didier J.; Germain, Stéphane; Seimbille, Yann; Robert, John H.; Triponez, Frédéric; Serre-Beinier, Véronique

    2016-01-01

    Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine implicated in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. MIF is overexpressed in various tumors. It displays a number of functions that provide a direct link between the process of inflammation and tumor growth. Our group recently identified the MIF-receptor CD74 as an independent prognostic factor for overall survival in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. In the present study, we compared the levels of expression of MIF and CD74 in different human mesothelioma cell lines and investigated their physiopathological functions in vitro and in vivo. Human mesothelioma cells expressed more CD74 and secreted less MIF than non tumoral MeT5A cells, suggesting a higher sensitivity to MIF. In mesothelioma cells, high MIF levels were associated with a high multiplication rate of cells. In vitro, reduction of MIF or CD74 levels in both mesothelioma cell lines showed that the MIF/CD74 signaling pathway promoted tumor cell proliferation and protected MPM cells from apoptosis. Finally, mesothelioma cell lines expressing high CD74 levels had a low tumorigenic potential after xenogeneic implantation in athymic nude mice. All these data highlight the complexity of the MIF/CD74 signaling pathway in the development of mesothelioma. PMID:26883190

  7. A case of malignant pleural mesothelioma following exposure to atomic radiation in Nagasaki.

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    Mizuki, M; Yukishige, K; Abe, Y; Tsuda, T

    1997-09-01

    We report the case of a 75-year-old Japanese man who developed malignant mesothelioma in the left hemithorax 50 years after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in 1945. This may be the first reported case of malignant mesothelioma following exposure to atomic radiation. Asbestos is the leading cause of malignant mesothelioma, but radiation therapy is the primary non-asbestos-related cause. In the case of radiation therapy, the interval between exposure and the occurrence of malignant mesothelioma tends to be many years. This patient was at a high risk of malignant mesothelioma as he had been exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb and may also have had a history of asbestos exposure at the munitions factory where he was employed as a shipbuilder for 2 years. It has been suggested that combined exposure to atomic radiation and asbestos is associated with an increased incidence of malignant mesothelioma. If thickening of the pleura or pleural effusion is found in atomic bomb survivors, malignant mesothelioma should be considered as one of the options in the differential diagnosis, even although the atomic bomb attacks occurred several decades ago.

  8. Pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer risks in relation to occupational history and asbestos lung burden

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    Gilham, Clare; Rake, Christine; Burdett, Garry; Nicholson, Andrew G; Davison, Leslie; Franchini, Angelo; Carpenter, James; Hodgson, John; Darnton, Andrew; Peto, Julian

    2016-01-01

    Background We have conducted a population-based study of pleural mesothelioma patients with occupational histories and measured asbestos lung burdens in occupationally exposed workers and in the general population. The relationship between lung burden and risk, particularly at environmental exposure levels, will enable future mesothelioma rates in people born after 1965 who never installed asbestos to be predicted from their asbestos lung burdens. Methods Following personal interview asbestos fibres longer than 5 µm were counted by transmission electron microscopy in lung samples obtained from 133 patients with mesothelioma and 262 patients with lung cancer. ORs for mesothelioma were converted to lifetime risks. Results Lifetime mesothelioma risk is approximately 0.02% per 1000 amphibole fibres per gram of dry lung tissue over a more than 100-fold range, from 1 to 4 in the most heavily exposed building workers to less than 1 in 500 in most of the population. The asbestos fibres counted were amosite (75%), crocidolite (18%), other amphiboles (5%) and chrysotile (2%). Conclusions The approximate linearity of the dose–response together with lung burden measurements in younger people will provide reasonably reliable predictions of future mesothelioma rates in those born since 1965 whose risks cannot yet be seen in national rates. Burdens in those born more recently will indicate the continuing occupational and environmental hazards under current asbestos control regulations. Our results confirm the major contribution of amosite to UK mesothelioma incidence and the substantial contribution of non-occupational exposure, particularly in women. PMID:26715106

  9. Estimating the asbestos-related lung cancer burden from mesothelioma mortality

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    McCormack, V; Peto, J; Byrnes, G; Straif, K; Boffetta, P

    2012-01-01

    Background: Quantifying the asbestos-related lung cancer burden is difficult in the presence of this disease's multiple causes. We explore two methods to estimate this burden using mesothelioma deaths as a proxy for asbestos exposure. Methods: From the follow-up of 55 asbestos cohorts, we estimated ratios of (i) absolute number of asbestos-related lung cancers to mesothelioma deaths; (ii) excess lung cancer relative risk (%) to mesothelioma mortality per 1000 non-asbestos-related deaths. Results: Ratios varied by asbestos type; there were a mean 0.7 (95% confidence interval 0.5, 1.0) asbestos-related lung cancers per mesothelioma death in crocidolite cohorts (n=6 estimates), 6.1 (3.6, 10.5) in chrysotile (n=16), 4.0 (2.8, 5.9) in amosite (n=4) and 1.9 (1.4, 2.6) in mixed asbestos fibre cohorts (n=31). In a population with 2 mesothelioma deaths per 1000 deaths at ages 40–84 years (e.g., US men), the estimated lung cancer population attributable fraction due to mixed asbestos was estimated to be 4.0%. Conclusion: All types of asbestos fibres kill at least twice as many people through lung cancer than through mesothelioma, except for crocidolite. For chrysotile, widely consumed today, asbestos-related lung cancers cannot be robustly estimated from few mesothelioma deaths and the latter cannot be used to infer no excess risk of lung or other cancers. PMID:22233924

  10. [Malignant mesothelioma in garment sewing-machine workers].

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    Barbieri, P G; Somigliana, Anna; Girelli, R; Lombardi, Sandra; Festa, R; Silvestri, S

    2008-01-01

    Due to poor information collected through patient interviews, a considerable number of malignant mesothelioma (MM) cases still remain classified as "unknown" asbestos exposure in the Italian Mesotelioma Registry (Re.Na.M). At the same time, some occupational asbestos exposures, which were previously unknown, have been demonstrated in certain types of work, i.e., in agriculture and in the textile industry. The aim of this research was to investigate the possible past occupational exposure to asbestos in clothing workers using sewing-machines. The MM cases were collected from the Mesothelioma Registry of Brescia. Work histories were obtained via a standardized questionnaire. Investigations were conducted in sewing-machine maintenance workshop in order to collect information regarding the possible use of asbestos parts. In addition, the use of asbestos friction materials and the use of insulated asbestos materials was checked in the clothing divisions by interviewing the management and maintenance workers of two companies where cases of MM were observed. The Mesothelioma Registry of Brescia identified and collected 10 MM cases with past work in the clothing industry: 6 used sewing-machines and 4 were self-employed tailors. The search for asbestos materials gave positive results as the use of friction materials had been widespread since the 1950's in all types of sewing-machines; in addition, asbestos materials were used to insulate some parts of the ironing equipment and the steam pipelines. The results of this investigation suggest assigning at least "possible occupational asbestos exposure" to those cases employed in clothing manufacture since the 1950's, who used sewing-machines or pressing machines, according to the Re.Na.M guidelines. Other possible occupational exposures to asbestos in this working sector cannot be excluded; when the simple interview of patients does not reveal such exposures further investigations are needed in order to demonstrate all the

  11. Retroperitoneal approach for recurrent benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma.

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    Bakhshi, Girish D; Wankhede, Kishor R; Tayade, Mukund B; Bhandarwar, Ajay H; Gore, Sandeep T; Choure, Dayanand D

    2013-01-25

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (BMPM) is an uncommon lesion. It presents as a lump in abdomen or a finding seen on imaging modalities. Surgery is the primary modality of treatment. However, it has a high recurrence rate; this results in adhesions and subsequent surgeries difficult. We present a case of recurrent BMPM in a female operated twice earlier in a rural centre. Imaging modalities showed majority of the lesion in paracolic and retroperitoneal region. Hence, retroperitoneal approach for surgery was taken. This avoided previous surgical adhesions. A brief case report on this novel approach and review of literature is presented.

  12. Retroperitoneal Approach for Recurrent Benign Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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    Bakhshi, Girish D.; Wankhede, Kishor R; Tayade, Mukund B.; Bhandarwar, Ajay H.; Gore, Sandeep T.; Choure, Dayanand D.

    2013-01-01

    Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (BMPM) is an uncommon lesion. It presents as a lump in abdomen or a finding seen on imaging modalities. Surgery is the primary modality of treatment. However, it has a high recurrence rate; this results in adhesions and subsequent surgeries difficult. We present a case of recurrent BMPM in a female operated twice earlier in a rural centre. Imaging modalities showed majority of the lesion in paracolic and retroperitoneal region. Hence, retroperitoneal approach for surgery was taken. This avoided previous surgical adhesions. A brief case report on this novel approach and review of literature is presented. PMID:24765496

  13. Benign multicystic mesothelioma masquerading as a urachal cyst.

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    Marien, Tracy; Zhou, Min; Brucker, Benjamin

    2014-12-01

    Benign multicystic mesothelioma (BMM) is a benign intra-abdominal lesion that generally occurs in women in their reproductive years. A urachal cyst occurs when the epithelial-lined urachal canal fails to completely obliterate. We report a case of a 38-year-old female presenting with abdominal pain found to have a lesion highly suspicious for a urachal cyst. On pathologic evaluation the lesion was identified as a BMM. This is the first report of BMM presenting as a lesion suspected to be a urachal cyst.

  14. Chondrosarcoma of the Rib Mimicking Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Furukawa, Masashi; Tao, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Toshiki; Onoda, Hideko; Murakami, Tomoyuki; Okabe, Kazunori

    2016-01-01

    A 62-year-old man with a history of long-term asbestos exposure was found to have a chest wall tumor invading the sixth rib on chest computed tomography. The computed tomography also revealed multiple plaques in the pleura. Malignant pleural mesothelioma was suspected, and thoracoscopic surgery was performed. Thoracoscopy revealed that the tumor location was extrapleural. Thus, excisional biopsy was performed. The tumor was histologically diagnosed as chondrosarcoma. Additional wide resection of the chest wall, including the fifth, sixth, and seventh ribs, was performed. Chest wall reconstruction was performed with a polypropylene mesh. PMID:26933413

  15. Epidemiology of pleural mesothelioma in North-western Italy (Piedmont)

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    Rubino, G. F.; Scansetti, G.; Donna, A.; Palestro, G.

    1972-01-01

    Rubino, G. F., Scansetti, G., Donna, A., and Palestro, G. (1972).Brit. J. industr. Med.,29, 436-442. Epidemiology of pleural mesothelioma in North-western Italy (Piedmont). Fifty-four cases of mesothelioma of the pleura admitted to the Chest Surgery Centre or to the Department of Medicine of the University of Turin from 1960 to 1970 are reported. Thoracotomy was performed in 22. In the other 32 the diagnosis was based on the clinical, radiographic, and cytological findings and on the results of biopsy. In 50 cases (18 women and 32 men), the majority of whom had always or mostly lived in Piedmont, it was possible to ascertain the family history, previous residence, and occupation, mainly with the aid of information given by the patient's relatives. A similar investigation was made by the same interviewers into 50 other patients of the same sex and age admitted to the same institutions, using an identical technique. In the group with mesothelioma (only two of whom survived more than two years after the diagnosis had been made) occupational exposure to asbestos was demonstrated unequivocally in five men. Three other patients, including one woman, had lived with persons employed in the asbestos industry (16%). Exposure for occupational reasons seemed very likely in another patient, who had been a fireman in the Turin Arsenal for 40 years. One man in the control group had worked for two years in a cement-asbestos manufacturing company (2%). A re-appraisal of the histological sections and examination of new preparations made in the 22 cases operated on was done in the Department of Pathological Anatomy of the University of Turin, also with the purpose of confirming the diagnosis. This re-appraisal revealed the presence of asbestos bodies in the mesothelioma in one case, a woman who had never been exposed to asbestos for occupational or domestic reasons but who had always lived in one of the two regions of the Province of Turin with the highest number of asbestos

  16. Regulation of microRNA using promising dietary phytochemicals: Possible preventive and treatment option of malignant mesothelioma.

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    Sayeed, Md Abu; Bracci, Massimo; Lucarini, Guendalina; Lazzarini, Raffaella; Di Primio, Roberto; Santarelli, Lory

    2017-10-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a very aggressive, lethal cancer, and its incidence is increasing worldwide. Development of multi-drug resistance, therapy related side-effects, and disease recurrence after therapy are the major problems for the successful treatment of MM. Emerging evidence indicates that dietary phytochemicals can exert anti-cancer activities by regulating microRNA expression. Until now, only one dietary phytochemical (ursolic acid) has been reported to have MM microRNA regulatory ability. A large number of dietary phytochemicals still remain to be tested. In this paper, we have introduced some dietary phytochemicals (curcumin, epigallocatechin gallate, quercetin, genistein, pterostilbene, resveratrol, capsaicin, ellagic acid, benzyl isothiocyanate, phenethyl isothiocyanate, sulforaphane, indole-3-carbinol, 3,3'-diindolylmethane, diallyl disulphide, betulinic acid, and oleanolic acid) which have shown microRNA regulatory activities in various cancers and could regulate MM microRNAs. In addition to microRNA regulatory activities, curcumin, epigallocatechin gallate, quercetin, genistein, resveratrol, phenethyl isothiocyanate, and sulforaphane have anti-mesothelioma potentials, and pterostilbene, capsaicin, ellagic acid, benzyl isothiocyanate, indole-3-carbinol, 3,3'-diindolylmethane, diallyl disulphide, betulinic acid, and oleanolic acid have potentials to inhibit cancer by regulating the expression of various genes which are also known to be aberrant in MM. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. Pleuroperitoneal Mesothelioma: A Rare Entity on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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    Sahoo, Manas Kumar; Mukherjee, Anirban; Girish; Parida, Kumar; Agarwal, Krishan Kant; Bal, Chandrasekhar; Tripathi, Madhavi; Das, Chandan Jyoti; Shamim, Shamim Ahmed

    2017-01-01

    Pleuroperitoneal mesothelioma is an extremely rare entity. Only few cases are reported worldwide. We hereby represent a case of pleural mesothelioma referred for F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography for response evaluation. Diffuse F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose avid peritoneal and omental thickening noted which subsequently turned out to be mesothelial involvement on peritoneal biopsy. This case demonstrates the role of F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in detecting other sites of involvement in case of malignant mesothelioma. PMID:28242997

  18. The role of asbestos fiber dimensions in the prevention of mesothelioma.

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    Tomatis, Lorenzo; Cantoni, Susanna; Carnevale, Francesco; Merler, Enzo; Mollo, Franco; Ricci, Paolo; Silvestri, Stefano; Vineis, Paolo; Terracini, Benedetto

    2007-01-01

    A recent interpretation of the pathogenetic role of asbestos fiber size in the development of mesothelioma and in the possibility of mesothelioma prevention needs clarification. This point of view is based on a biased interpretation of the literature. Epidemiologic, experimental, and molecular evidence suggests that the arguments for the role of fiber size relative to dose, dose-response effect, and genetic susceptibility are scientifically unsound. Their proponent also states that means available in the past for the implementation of dust-control measures and/or personal protective equipment would not have contributed to reducing the frequency of mesothelioma among exposed subjects, an argument again based on invalid assumptions.

  19. Mesothelioma: cases associated with non-occupational and low dose exposures

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    Hillerdal, G.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To estimate the importance of low dose exposure to asbestos on the risk of mesothelioma. METHODS: A review of the literature. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: There is no evidence of a threshold level below which there is no risk of mesothelioma. Low level exposure more often than not contains peak concentrations which can be very high for short periods. There might exist a background level of mesothelioma occurring in the absence of exposure ot asbestos, but there is no proof of this and this "natural level" is probably much lower than the 1- 2/million/year which has been often cited.   PMID:10492646

  20. [Update on epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma].

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    Gopar-Nieto, Rodrigo; Cabello-López, Alejandro; Juárez-Pérez, Cuauhtémoc Arturo; Haro-García, Luis Cuauhtémoc; Jiménez-Ramírez, Carmina; Aguilar-Madrid, Guadalupe

    2016-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an occupational tumor caused by asbestos exposure. In Mexico, as asbestos usage is not prohibited, an increase in the number of cases is expected. Asbestos exposure is ubiquitous due to the great amount of products in which it is present. Its carcinogenicity is caused as the inhaled asbestos fibers cannot be eliminated by macrophages and, thus, they travel to the pleura through lymphatic pathways, producing a persistent inflammatory response. Diagnosis approach includes occupational history, along with clinical signs and symptoms, and paraclinical studies, such as pleural fluid cytology, chest x-rays, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and biopsy with immunohistochemistry. The main differential diagnosis is lung adenocarcinoma. Regarding the treatment of this tumor, it mainly comprises palliative care, even though chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and, in selected cases, surgical treatments have been used. There is an urgent need for general physicians and specialists to identify asbestos exposure, in order to make a timely diagnosis. Research is necessary to develop screening and prompt diagnostic tools, along with an epidemiological surveillance program for the workers and the general population exposed to asbestos.

  1. The inclusion of child pornography in the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for pedophilia: conceptual and practical problems.

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    First, Michael B

    2011-01-01

    The proposal to add use of child pornography to Criterion B of pedophilia is in direct conflict with the newly proposed distinction between paraphilia and paraphilic disorder, muddying rather than clarifying the diagnostic definition of pedophilia. The proposal to distinguish paraphilic disorder from paraphilia derives from the fact that the diagnostic criteria for the paraphilias have two components: Criterion A, defining the presence of a paraphilic erotic interest, and Criterion B, requiring clinically significant distress, impairment, or acting out the paraphilia with a nonconsenting person. Meeting Criteria A and B is necessary for a diagnosis of paraphilic disorder; meeting only Criterion A indicates a paraphilia. Use of pornography is better placed within Criterion A, perhaps as an example of a behavioral manifestation of pedophilia. If the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group's true intent was to add a third prong to Criterion B, then the criterion must be modified to restrict it to the use of illegal forms of pornography (i.e., visual depictions of real children), excluding written or aural forms or virtual images.

  2. Overcoming the problem of diagnostic heterogeneity in applying measurement-based care in clinical practice: the concept of psychiatric vital signs.

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    Zimmerman, Mark; Young, Diane; Chelminski, Iwona; Dalrymple, Kristy; Galione, Janine N

    2012-02-01

    Measurement-based care refers to the use of standardized scales to measure the outcome of psychiatric treatment. Diagnostic heterogeneity poses a challenge toward the adoption of a measurement-based care approach toward outcome evaluation in clinical practice. In the present article, we propose adopting the concept of psychiatric vital signs to facilitate measurement-based care. Medical vital signs are measures of basic physiologic functions that are routinely determined in medical settings. Vital signs are often a primary outcome measure, and they are also often adjunctive measurements. In the present report from the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services project, we examined the frequency of depression and anxiety in a diagnostically heterogeneous group of psychiatric outpatients to determine the appropriateness of considering their measurement as psychiatric vital signs. Three thousand psychiatric outpatients were interviewed with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV supplemented with items from the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia. We determined the frequency of depression and anxiety evaluated according to the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia items. In the entire sample of 3000 patients, 79.3% (n = 2378) reported clinically significant depression of at least mild severity, 64.4% (n = 1932) reported anxiety of at least mild severity, and 87.4% (n = 2621) reported either anxiety or depression. In all 10 diagnostic categories examined, most patients had clinically significant anxiety or depression of at least mild severity. These findings support the routine assessment of anxiety and depression in clinical practice because almost all patients will have these problems as part of their initial presentation. Even for those patients without depression or anxiety, the case could be made that the measurement of depression and anxiety is relevant and analogous to measuring certain physiologic

  3. Radiation therapy in the management of patients with mesothelioma

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    Gordon, W. Jr.; Antman, K.H.; Greenberger, J.S.; Weichselbaum, R.R.; Chaffey, J.T.

    1982-01-01

    The results of radiation therapy in the management of 27 patients with malignant mesothelioma were reviewed. Eight patients were treated with a curative intent combining attempted surgical excision of tumor (thoracic in 6 and peritoneal in 2), aggressive radiation therapy, and combination chemotherapy using an adriamycin-containing regimen. One patient achieved a 2-year disease-free inteval followed by recurrence of tumor above the thoracic irradiation field. This patient was retreated with localized irradiation and is disease-free after 5 years of initial diagnosis. One patient has persistent abdominal disease at 18 months; the other 6 patients suffered local recurrence within 8-13 months of initiation of treatment. Radiation therapy was used in 19 other patients who received 29 courses for palliation of dyspnea, superior vena cava syndrome, dysphagia, or neurological symptoms of brain metastasis. A palliation index was used to determine the effectiveness of irradiation and revealed that relief of symptoms was complete or substantial in 5 treatment courses, moderately effective in 6 courses and inadequate in 18 treatment courses. Adequate palliation strongly correlated with a dose at or above 4,000 rad in 4 weeks. The management of patients with mesothelioma requires new and innovative approaches to increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy and minimize the significant potential combined toxicity of pulmonary irradiation and adriamycin.

  4. P2×7 targeting inhibits growth of human mesothelioma

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    Amoroso, Francesca; Salaro, Erica; Falzoni, Simonetta; Chiozzi, Paola; Giuliani, Anna Lisa; Cavallesco, Giorgio; Maniscalco, Pio; Puozzo, Andrea; Bononi, Ilaria; Martini, Fernanda; Tognon, Mauro; Virgilio, Francesco Di

    2016-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor refractory to anti-blastic therapy. MPM cells show several genetic and biochemical defects, e.g. overexpression of oncogenes, downregulation of onco-suppressor genes, dysregulation of microRNA, or alteration of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis and of apoptosis. No information is as yet available on purinergic signalling in this tumor. Signalling via the P2×7 (P2RX7 or P2×7R) purinergic receptor is attracting increasing attention as a pathway involved in cancer cell death or proliferation. In this report we show that the P2×7R is expressed by three MPM cell lines established from MPM patients but not by mesothelial cells from healthy subjects (healthy mesothelial cells, HMCs). MPM cell proliferation was inhibited by in vitro incubation in the presence of selective P2×7R antagonists, as well as by stimulation with the P2×7R agonist BzATP. Systemic administration of the selective P2×7R blocker AZ10606120 inhibited in vivo growth of MPM tumors whether implanted subcutaneously (s.c.) or intraperitoneally (i.p.). Our findings suggest that the P2×7R might be a novel target for the therapy of mesothelioma. PMID:27391069

  5. Iron overload signature in chrysotile-induced malignant mesothelioma.

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    Jiang, Li; Akatsuka, Shinya; Nagai, Hirotaka; Chew, Shan-Hwu; Ohara, Hiroki; Okazaki, Yasumasa; Yamashita, Yoriko; Yoshikawa, Yutaka; Yasui, Hiroyuki; Ikuta, Katsuya; Sasaki, Katsunori; Kohgo, Yutaka; Hirano, Seishiro; Shinohara, Yasushi; Kohyama, Norihiko; Takahashi, Takashi; Toyokuni, Shinya

    2012-11-01

    Exposure to asbestos is a risk for malignant mesothelioma (MM) in humans. Among the commercially used types of asbestos (chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite), the carcinogenicity of chrysotile is not fully appreciated. Here, we show that all three asbestos types similarly induced MM in the rat peritoneal cavity and that chrysotile caused the earliest mesothelioma development with a high fraction of sarcomatoid histology. The pathogenesis of chrysotile-induced mesothelial carcinogenesis was closely associated with iron overload: repeated administration of an iron chelator, nitrilotriacetic acid, which promotes the Fenton reaction, significantly reduced the period required for carcinogenesis; massive iron deposition was found in the peritoneal organs with high serum ferritin; and homozygous deletion of the CDKN2A/2B/ARF tumour suppressor genes, the most frequent genomic alteration in human MM and in iron-induced rodent carcinogenesis, was observed in 92.6% of the cases studied with array-based comparative genomic hybridization. The induced rat MM cells revealed high expression of mesoderm-specific transcription factors, Dlx5 and Hand1, and showed an iron regulatory profile of active iron uptake and utilization. These data indicate that chrysotile is a strong carcinogen when exposed to mesothelia, acting through the induction of local iron overload. Therefore, an intervention to remove local excess iron might be a strategy to prevent MM after asbestos exposure.

  6. Clinical and Prognostic Features of Erionite-Induced Malignant Mesothelioma

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    Demirer, Ersin; Ghattas, Christian F.; Radwan, Mohamed O.

    2015-01-01

    This review analytically examines the published data for erionite-related malignant pleural mesothelioma (E-MPM) and any data to support a genetically predisposed mechanism to erionite fiber carcinogenesis. Adult patients of age ≥18 years with erionite-related pleural diseases and genetically predisposed mechanisms to erionite carcinogenesis were included, while exclusion criteria included asbestos- or tremolite-related pleural diseases. The search was limited to human studies though not limited to a specific timeframe. A total of 33 studies (31042 patients) including 22 retrospective studies, 6 prospective studies, and 5 case reports were reviewed. E-MPM developed in some subjects with high exposures to erionite, though not all. Chest CT was more reliable in detecting various pleural changes in E-MPM than chest X-ray, and pleural effusion was the most common finding in E-MPM cases, by both tests. Bronchoalveolar lavage remains a reliable and relatively less invasive technique. Chemotherapy with cisplatin and mitomycin can be administered either alone or following surgery. Erionite has been the culprit of numerous malignant mesothelioma cases in Europe and even in North America. Erionite has a higher degree of carcinogenicity with possible genetic transmission of erionite susceptibility in an autosomal dominant fashion. Therapeutic management for E-MPM remains very limited, and cure of the disease is extremely rare. PMID:25683976

  7. Selective ascorbate toxicity in malignant mesothelioma: a redox Trojan mechanism.

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    Ranzato, Elia; Biffo, Stefano; Burlando, Bruno

    2011-01-01

    We studied the mechanism of ascorbate toxicity in malignant mesothelioma (MMe) cells. Neutral red uptake showed that ascorbate, but not dehydroascorbate, was highly toxic in the MMe cell lines REN and MM98, and less toxic in immortalized (human mesothelial cells-htert) and primary mesothelial cells. Ascorbate transport inhibitors phloretin, sodium azide, and ouabain did not reduce ascorbate toxicity. Ascorbate promoted the formation of H(2)O(2) in the cell medium, and its toxicity was suppressed by extracellular catalase, but the concentration of endogenous catalase was higher in MMe cells than in normal cells. The confocal imaging of cells loaded with the dihydrhodamine 123 reactive oxygen species probe showed that ascorbate caused a strong increase of rhodamine fluorescence in MMe cells, but not in mesothelial cells. MMe cells showed a higher production of superoxide and NADPH oxidase (NOX)4 expression than did mesothelial cells. Two inhibitors of cellular superoxide sources (apocynin and rotenone) reduced ascorbate toxicity and the ascorbate-induced rise in rhodamine fluorescence. NOX4 small interfering RNA also reduced ascorbate toxicity in REN cells. Taken together, the data indicate that ascorbate-induced extracellular H(2)O(2) production induces a strong oxidative stress in MMe cells because of their high rate of superoxide production. This explains the selective toxicity of ascorbate in MMe cells, and suggests its possible use in the clinical treatment of malignant mesothelioma.

  8. Malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in dental tape.

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    Markowitz, Steven B; Moline, Jacqueline M

    2017-05-01

    Although most cases of malignant mesothelioma of the pleura are caused by one or more readily recognized sources of exposure to asbestos, cases of the disease with more occult exposure occur, especially since asbestos has been used in over 3,000 products. Dental lining tape contained asbestos from the 1930s until at least the 1970s and was used in the lost wax method of casting crowns, bridges, and other metal dental prosthetic devices. We report six cases of pathology-verified malignant mesothelioma, mostly among dentists, following exposure to airborne dust from asbestos dental tape, which resulted in asbestos tort litigation. According to evidence available at present, chrysotile asbestos was the type of asbestos used in dental tape in the past in the United States, and the described cases followed relatively brief and intermittent exposure to this type of asbestos. These cases underscore the need for comprehensive exposure histories to determine exposure scenarios. Am. J. Ind. Med. 60:437-442, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. [Asbestos exposure assessment in the first case of intrasplenic mesothelioma].

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    Miscetti, Giorgio; Bodo, Patrizia; Lumare, A; Abbritti, E P; Garofani, Patrizia; Burani, V

    2016-01-20

    In 2013 the International Journal of Surgical Pathology published a case report of intrasplenic malignant mesothelioma (MM) in a 48-year-old man: it was the first report in literature describing a case of primitive intra-splenic MM, described without  a history of asbestos exposure. To verify the possible past exposure to asbestos, ignored by the patient himself, by studying in depth his environmental and occupational history. Information about the occupational and non-occupational history of the subject was collected by Experts of the Operational Unit of Occupational Health and Safety Control (UOC PSAL) of the Local Health Unit Umbria 1 - Perugia, using the Italian National Mesothelioma Register (ReNaM) questionnaire and guide lines; an inspection was  carried out at the past canning industry where the patient worked in the period 1982-1990 and material was taken to be analysed by MOCF and SEM. Samples showed the presence of asbestos  fibres belonging to the amphibole class (amosite and crocidolite) and to the serpentine class (chrysotile). The survey described the past occupational exposure to asbestos in a canning industry, where  the subject worked in the period 1982-1990,  unknown to the patient himself. The authors strongly confirm the  usefulness of standardized methods, such as the ReNaM Questionnaire, and the importance of technical expertise of the investigator to find and analyse the suspect materials and to demonstrate  possible past occupational exposure to asbestos.

  10. Which Diagnostic Criteria are Most Useful in Discriminating Between Social Gamblers and Individuals with Gambling Problems? An Examination of DSM-IV and DSM-5 Criteria.

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    Temcheff, Caroline E; Paskus, Thomas S; Potenza, Marc N; Derevensky, Jeffrey L

    2016-09-01

    The current study sought to identify which diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder have the greatest ability to differentiate between social and problem gamblers. This study was conducted on a sample of male and female college student athletes across the U.S. (n = 8674). Classification and regression tree analysis represents an appropriate technique when addressing the question of an item's diagnostic value, as it sequentially selects variables to isolate sets of observations with similar outcomes. The current results suggest that the item related to preoccupation ("Have there been periods in the past year where you spent a lot of time thinking about gambling?") was the DSM-5 item best able to differentiate between male and female social and problem gamblers in this sample. When considering only the nine criteria retained in the DSM-5, three criteria were identified as key for distinguishing between social and disordered gamblers among men, and one criterion was identified for distinguishing between groups of women. In addition, these results do not support the notion that the illegal acts criterion has a particularly low base rate and found that it can be an important indicator of disordered gambling in a college-aged sample.

  11. Multicystic mesothelioma of the liver with secondary involvement of peritoneum and inguinal region.

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    Di Blasi, Arturo; Boscaino, Amedeo; De Dominicis, Gianfranco; Marsilia, Giuseppina Marino; D'Antonio, Antonio; Nappi, Oscar

    2004-01-01

    A case of multicystic mesothelioma of the liver with secondary involvement of the pelvic peritoneum and the inguinal region is presented. The case is of interest because of its unusual location and peculiar biological behavior.

  12. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma in a cesarean-section scar presenting as a fungating mass.

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    Cuartas, Juan E; Maheshwari, Aditya V; Qadir, Rabah; Cooper, Andrew J; Robinson, Philip G; Pitcher, J David

    2008-06-01

    We report a case of a benign multicystic mesothelioma, which presented as a fungating mass through the anterior abdominal wall and arose in a cesarean-section scar without direct peritoneal involvement. A wide local excision was done and the diagnosis was confirmed by histopathology and immunohistochemistry. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient is asymptomatic at 3 years' follow-up. Although a history of previous abdominal surgery has been reported in a patient with benign multicystic mesothelioma, to the best of our knowledge, there is no report of a benign multicystic mesothelioma arising in a cesarean-section scar or presentation as a fungating skin mass. This unusual presentation may point to a traumatic or inflammatory etiology, although seeding of the wound during the previous surgeries is a more likely postulate. A pertinent review of the literature on benign multicystic mesothelioma is also presented.

  13. [High risk of pleural mesothelioma among the state railroad carriage repair workers].

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    Gerosa, A; Ietri, E; Belli, S; Grignoli, M; Comba, P

    2000-01-01

    Exposure to asbestos in a facility for the repair of railroad carriages in Bologna was initially studied in 1980, when the Local Health Unit started a program of primary prevention on request of the Unions. At that time workers employed in jobs with high exposure to asbestos were identified. The mortality experience of these 173 subjects was investigated from 01.01.1979 through 31.12.1997, and compared to that of the population of Emilia Romagna. SMR for all causes was 69, with upper limit of the confidence interval lower than 100; this was largely due to a significant decrease of cardiovascular mortality. Among neoplasms, there was a significant excess of pleural mesothelioma (6 observed, 0.09 expected); one more subject died for peritoneal mesothelioma and one for malignant mesothelioma of unspecified site. About half of the subjects deceased for neoplastic disease (8/17) were affected by mesothelioma.

  14. Human malignant mesothelioma is recapitulated in immunocompetent BALB/c mice injected with murine AB cells

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    Mezzapelle, Rosanna; Rrapaj, Eltjona; Gatti, Elena; Ceriotti, Chiara; Marchis, Francesco De; Preti, Alessandro; Spinelli, Antonello E.; Perani, Laura; Venturini, Massimo; Valtorta, Silvia; Moresco, Rosa Maria; Pecciarini, Lorenza; Doglioni, Claudio; Frenquelli, Michela; Crippa, Luca; Recordati, Camilla; Scanziani, Eugenio; de Vries, Hilda; Berns, Anton; Frapolli, Roberta; Boldorini, Renzo; D’Incalci, Maurizio; Bianchi, Marco E.; Crippa, Massimo P.

    2016-01-01

    Malignant Mesothelioma is a highly aggressive cancer, which is difficult to diagnose and treat. Here we describe the molecular, cellular and morphological characterization of a syngeneic system consisting of murine AB1, AB12 and AB22 mesothelioma cells injected in immunocompetent BALB/c mice, which allows the study of the interplay of tumor cells with the immune system. Murine mesothelioma cells, like human ones, respond to exogenous High Mobility Group Box 1 protein, a Damage-Associated Molecular Pattern that acts as a chemoattractant for leukocytes and as a proinflammatory mediator. The tumors derived from AB cells are morphologically and histologically similar to human MM tumors, and respond to treatments used for MM patients. Our system largely recapitulates human mesothelioma, and we advocate its use for the study of MM development and treatment. PMID:26961782

  15. Cyclooxygenase-2, epidermal growth factor receptor, and aromatase signaling in inflammation and mesothelioma.

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    Nuvoli, Barbara; Galati, Rossella

    2013-06-01

    Malignant mesothelioma or mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from transformed cells originating in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. It is directly linked to asbestos exposure, which acts as a carcinogen by initiating the carcinogenic process. Because of their shape, asbestos fibers can cross the membrane barriers inside the body and cause inflammatory and fibrotic reactions. Such reactions are believed to be the mechanism by which asbestos fibers may trigger malignant mesothelioma in the pleural membrane around the lungs. Carcinogens are known to modulate the transcription factors, antiapoptotic proteins, proapoptotic proteins, protein kinases, cell-cycle proteins, cell adhesion molecules, COX-2, and growth factor signaling pathways. This article reviews recent studies regarding some malignant mesothelioma molecular targets not only for cancer prevention but also for cancer therapy. ©2013 AACR

  16. Environmental exposure to asbestos and the exposure-response relationship with mesothelioma.

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    Madkour, M T; El Bokhary, M S; Awad Allah, H I; Awad, A A; Mahmoud, H F

    2009-01-01

    An epidemiological and environmental study was carried out in Shubra El-Kheima city, greater Cairo, of the exposure-response relationship between asbestos and malignant pleural mesothelioma. Radiological screening was done for 487 people occupationally exposed to asbestos, 2913 environmentally exposed to asbestos and a control group of 979 with no history of exposure. Pleural biopsy was done for suspicious cases. The airborne asbestos fibre concentrations were determined in all areas. There were 88 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed, 87 in the exposed group. The risk of mesothelioma was higher in the environmentally exposed group than other groups, and higher in females than males. The prevalence of mesothelioma increased with increased cumulative exposure to asbestos.

  17. [The role of asbestos fibre dimensions in the pathogenesis and prevention of mesothelioma].

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    Tomatis, Lorenzo; Cantoni, Susanna; Carnevale, Francesco; Merler, Enzo; Mollo, Franco; Ricci, Paolo; Silvestri, Stefano; Vineis, Paolo; Terracini, Benedetto

    2006-01-01

    The particular point of view, recently published by Gerolamo Chiappino, on the pathogenetic role of asbestos fibres size in the origin of mesothelioma and on the possibility of mesothelioma prevention until the middle of the '80s needs to be critically clarified. The suggestion of an exclusive role of ultrashort and ultrathin fibres in the origin of mesothelioma is based on a biased interpretation of the literature. A review of the epidemiological, experimental, and molecular literature suggests that Chiappino's statements on the role of dose, dose-response effect, and genetic susceptibility are scientifically unsound Chiappino states that, in the past, in the workplaces where use and exposure to asbestos were not stopped, any reduction in the intensity of exposure by means of dust control measures or personal protective equipment would not have contributed to reduce the frequency of mesothelioma. In the authors' opinion the underlying assumptions are invalid.

  18. Mineral fiber concentration in lung tissue of mesothelioma patients in Finland

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    Tuomi, T.; Segerberg-Konttinen, M.; Tammilehto, L.; Tossavainen, A.; Vanhala, E. )

    1989-01-01

    The mineral fibers in lung tissue samples of 19 mesothelioma patients and 15 randomly selected autopsy cases were analyzed using low-temperature ashing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray microanalysis. The fiber concentration ranged from 0.5 to 370 million fibers per gram of dry tissue in the mesothelioma group and from less than 0.01 to 3.2 million fibers per gram of dry tissue in the autopsy group. In 80% of the mesothelioma patients and in 20% of the autopsy cases, the fiber concentration exceeded 1 million fibers per gram of dry tissue. Amphibole asbestos fibers predominated in both groups, and only a few chrysotile fibers were found. In the lungs of six mesothelioma patients, anthophyllite was the main fiber type. The overall analytical precision of sample preparation and fiber counting with SEM was 22%.

  19. Usefulness of p16/CDKN2A fluorescence in situ hybridization and BAP1 immunohistochemistry for the diagnosis of biphasic mesothelioma.

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    Wu, Di; Hiroshima, Kenzo; Yusa, Toshikazu; Ozaki, Daisuke; Koh, Eitetsu; Sekine, Yasuo; Matsumoto, Shinji; Nabeshima, Kazuki; Sato, Ayuko; Tsujimura, Tohru; Yamakawa, Hisami; Tada, Yuji; Shimada, Hideaki; Tagawa, Masatoshi

    2017-02-01

    Malignant mesothelioma is a highly aggressive neoplasm, and the histologic subtype is one of the most reliable prognostic factors. Some biphasic mesotheliomas are difficult to distinguish from epithelioid mesotheliomas with atypical fibrous stroma. The aim of this study was to analyze p16/CDKN2A deletions in mesotheliomas by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and BAP1 immunohistochemistry to evaluate their potential role in the diagnosis of biphasic mesothelioma. We collected 38 cases of pleural mesotheliomas. The results of this study clearly distinguished 29 cases of biphasic mesothelioma from 9 cases of epithelioid mesothelioma. The proportion of biphasic mesotheliomas with homozygous deletions of p16/CDKN2A in total was 96.6% (28/29). Homozygous deletion of p16/CDKN2A was observed in 18 (94.7%) of 19 biphasic mesotheliomas with 100% concordance of the p16/CDKN2A deletion status between the epithelioid and sarcomatoid components in each case. Homozygous deletion of the p16/CDKN2A was observed in 7 (77.8%) of 9 epithelioid mesotheliomas but not in fibrous stroma. BAP1 loss was observed in 5 (38.5%) of 13 biphasic mesotheliomas and in both epithelioid and sarcomatoid components. BAP1 loss was observed in 5 (62.5%) of 8 epithelioid mesotheliomas but not in fibrous stroma. Homozygous deletion of p16/CDKN2A is common in biphasic mesotheliomas, and the analysis of only one component of mesothelioma is sufficient to show that the tumor is malignant. However, compared with histology alone, FISH analysis of the p16/CDKN2A status and BAP1 immunohistochemistry in the spindled mesothelium provide a more objective means to differentiate between biphasic mesothelioma and epithelioid mesothelioma with atypical stromal cells.

  20. Malignant pleural mesothelioma and mesothelial hyperplasia: A new molecular tool for the differential diagnosis.

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    Bruno, Rossella; Alì, Greta; Giannini, Riccardo; Proietti, Agnese; Lucchi, Marco; Chella, Antonio; Melfi, Franca; Mussi, Alfredo; Fontanini, Gabriella

    2017-01-10

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare asbestos related cancer, aggressive and unresponsive to therapies. Histological examination of pleural lesions is the gold standard of MPM diagnosis, although it is sometimes hard to discriminate the epithelioid type of MPM from benign mesothelial hyperplasia (MH).This work aims to define a new molecular tool for the differential diagnosis of MPM, using the expression profile of 117 genes deregulated in this tumour.The gene expression analysis was performed by nanoString System on tumour tissues from 36 epithelioid MPM and 17 MH patients, and on 14 mesothelial pleural samples analysed in a blind way. Data analysis included raw nanoString data normalization, unsupervised cluster analysis by Pearson correlation, non-parametric Mann Whitney U-test and molecular classification by the Uncorrelated Shrunken Centroid (USC) Algorithm.The Mann-Whitney U-test found 35 genes upregulated and 31 downregulated in MPM. The unsupervised cluster analysis revealed two clusters, one composed only of MPM and one only of MH samples, thus revealing class-specific gene profiles. The Uncorrelated Shrunken Centroid algorithm identified two classifiers, one including 22 genes and the other 40 genes, able to properly classify all the samples as benign or malignant using gene expression data; both classifiers were also able to correctly determine, in a blind analysis, the diagnostic categories of all the 14 unknown samples.In conclusion we delineated a diagnostic tool combining molecular data (gene expression) and computational analysis (USC algorithm), which can be applied in the clinical practice for the differential diagnosis of MPM.

  1. p53 autoantibodies in patients with malignant mesothelioma: stability through disease progression

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    Creaney, J; McLaren, B M; Stevenson, S; Musk, A W; Klerk, N de; Robinson, B W S; Lake, R A

    2001-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) generally occurs as a pleural tumour, related to the inhalation of asbestos fibres. It is highly aggressive and largely unresponsive to treatment. The incidence of MM is particularly high in Western Australia because of the extensive blue asbestos mining operations that occurred in the north of the state until 1966. MM is unusual in that mutations in the tumour suppressor gene p53 are rarely observed, whilst over-expression of p53 protein is common. As the level of antibodies directed against p53 is thought to be of prognostic value in some cancers and as MM is known to be immunogenic, we studied a cohort of Western Australian patients to determine the prevalence of anti-p53 antibodies and their value as diagnostic markers or prognostic indicators. 6/88 (7%) of patients had high titres (>2 SD above the mean of controls) of anti-p53 antibodies. There was no correlation between antibody titre and survival. Although 3/38 (8%) of sera obtained from patients exposed to asbestos but prior to a diagnosis of MM contained antibodies, the same proportion of sera obtained from patients exposed to asbestos but who remained disease free also contained antibodies (2/40; 8%). Sera collected sequentially demonstrated a profound temporal stability in the titre of anti-p53 antibodies in patients with MM throughout the course of their illness. These results show that anti-p53 antibodies are observed only at a low frequency in the sera of MM patients and where they do occur, their elicitation is an early event that may be unrelated to antigen load. The occurrence of anti-p53 antibodies does not serve as either a useful prognostic or diagnostic indicator in MM. © 2001 Cancer Research Campaign http://www.bjcancer.com PMID:11139313

  2. Positive nuclear BAP1 immunostaining helps differentiate non-small cell lung carcinomas from malignant mesothelioma

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    Carbone, Michele; Shimizu, David; Napolitano, Andrea; Tanji, Mika; Pass, Harvey I.; Yang, Haining; Pastorino, Sandra

    2016-01-01

    The differential diagnosis between pleural malignant mesothelioma (MM) and lung cancer is often challenging. Immunohistochemical (IHC) stains used to distinguish these malignancies include markers that are most often positive in MM and less frequently positive in carcinomas, and vice versa. However, in about 10–20% of the cases, the IHC results can be confusing and inconclusive, and novel markers are sought to increase the diagnostic accuracy. We stained 45 non-small cell lung cancer samples (32 adenocarcinomas and 13 squamous cell carcinomas) with a monoclonal antibody for BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) and also with an IHC panel we routinely use to help differentiate MM from carcinomas, which include, calretinin, Wilms Tumor 1, cytokeratin 5, podoplanin D2-40, pankeratin CAM5.2, thyroid transcription factor 1, Napsin-A, and p63. Nuclear BAP1 expression was also analyzed in 35 MM biopsies. All 45 non-small cell lung cancer biopsies stained positive for nuclear BAP1, whereas 22/35 (63%) MM biopsies lacked nuclear BAP1 staining, consistent with previous data. Lack of BAP1 nuclear staining was associated with MM (two-tailed Fisher's Exact Test, P = 5.4 × 10−11). Focal BAP1 staining was observed in a subset of samples, suggesting polyclonality. Diagnostic accuracy of other classical IHC markers was in agreement with previous studies. Our study indicated that absence of nuclear BAP1 stain helps differentiate MM from lung carcinomas. We suggest that BAP1 staining should be added to the IHC panel that is currently used to distinguish these malignancies. PMID:27447750

  3. Positive nuclear BAP1 immunostaining helps differentiate non-small cell lung carcinomas from malignant mesothelioma.

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    Carbone, Michele; Shimizu, David; Napolitano, Andrea; Tanji, Mika; Pass, Harvey I; Yang, Haining; Pastorino, Sandra

    2016-09-13

    The differential diagnosis between pleural malignant mesothelioma (MM) and lung cancer is often challenging. Immunohistochemical (IHC) stains used to distinguish these malignancies include markers that are most often positive in MM and less frequently positive in carcinomas, and vice versa. However, in about 10-20% of the cases, the IHC results can be confusing and inconclusive, and novel markers are sought to increase the diagnostic accuracy.We stained 45 non-small cell lung cancer samples (32 adenocarcinomas and 13 squamous cell carcinomas) with a monoclonal antibody for BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) and also with an IHC panel we routinely use to help differentiate MM from carcinomas, which include, calretinin, Wilms Tumor 1, cytokeratin 5, podoplanin D2-40, pankeratin CAM5.2, thyroid transcription factor 1, Napsin-A, and p63. Nuclear BAP1 expression was also analyzed in 35 MM biopsies. All 45 non-small cell lung cancer biopsies stained positive for nuclear BAP1, whereas 22/35 (63%) MM biopsies lacked nuclear BAP1 staining, consistent with previous data. Lack of BAP1 nuclear staining was associated with MM (two-tailed Fisher's Exact Test, P = 5.4 x 10-11). Focal BAP1 staining was observed in a subset of samples, suggesting polyclonality. Diagnostic accuracy of other classical IHC markers was in agreement with previous studies. Our study indicated that absence of nuclear BAP1 stain helps differentiate MM from lung carcinomas. We suggest that BAP1 staining should be added to the IHC panel that is currently used to distinguish these malignancies.

  4. Benign multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma associated with hydronephrosis and colovesical fistula formation: report of a case.

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    McCaffrey, James C; Foo, Fung J; Dalal, Neha; Siddiqui, Kamran H

    2009-01-01

    Mesotheliomas usually arise from the pleura and are malignant. We report an unusual case of benign peritoneal mesothelioma presenting in a 59-year-old woman. The disease resulted in bilateral hydronephrosis, colovesical fistula formation, recurrent small bowel obstruction and chronic abdominal pain. To date only a handful of cases have been reported and to the best of our knowledge, none has been so aggressive.

  5. Hsa-Mir-29c* is Linked to the Prognosis of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Pass, Harvey I.; Goparaju, Chandra; Ivanov, Sergey; Donington, Jessica; Carbone, Michele; Hoshen, Moshe; Cohen, Dalia; Chajut, Ayelet; Rosenwald, Shai; Dan, Harel; Benjamin, Sima; Aharonov, Ranit

    2010-01-01

    The inability to forecast outcomes for malignant mesothelioma prevents clinicians from providing aggressive multimodality therapy to the most appropriate individuals who may benefit from such an approach. We investigated whether specific microRNAs (miRs) could segregate a largely surgically-treated group of mesotheliomas into good or bad prognosis categories. A training set of 44 and a test set of 98 mesothelioma tumors were analyzed by a custom microRNA platform, along with 9 mesothelioma cell lines and 3 normal mesothelial lines. Functional implications as well as downstream targets of potential prognostic microRNAs were investigated. In both the training and test sets, hsa-miR-29c* was an independent prognostic factor for time to progression as well as survival after surgical cytoreduction. The miR was expressed at higher levels in epithelial mesothelioma, and the level of this miR could segregate patients with this histology into groups with differing prognosis. Increased expression of hsa-miR-29c* predicted a more favorable prognosis, and overexpression of the miR in mesothelioma cell lines resulted in significantly decreased proliferation, migration, invasion, and colony formation. Moreover, major epigenetic regulation of mesothelioma is mediated by hsa-miR-29c* and was demonstrated through downregulation of DNA methyltransferases as well as upregulation of demethylating genes. A single microRNA has the potential to be a prognostic biomarker in mesothelioma, and validation of these findings as well as investigation of its downstream targets may give insight for potential therapies in the future. PMID:20160038

  6. Malignant pleural mesothelioma with osseous metastases and pathologic fracture of femoral neck.

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    Lester, Todd; Xu, Haodong

    2008-10-01

    Malignant mesotheliomas occur in the pleura, peritoneum, pericardium, and tunica vaginalis. The majority of tumors are pleural in origin. The typical pattern of spread is usually contiguous or via implantation. Hematogenous or lymphatic metastasis is not uncommon; however, metastasis to bone has rarely been well documented. This is a case report of malignant pleural mesothelioma metastatic to the femur with a pathologic fracture of femoral neck.

  7. National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank: a standard based biospecimen and clinical data resource to enhance translational research.

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    Amin, Waqas; Parwani, Anil V; Schmandt, Linda; Mohanty, Sambit K; Farhat, Ghada; Pople, Andrew K; Winters, Sharon B; Whelan, Nancy B; Schneider, Althea M; Milnes, John T; Valdivieso, Federico A; Feldman, Michael; Pass, Harvey I; Dhir, Rajiv; Melamed, Jonathan; Becich, Michael J

    2008-08-13

    Advances in translational research have led to the need for well characterized biospecimens for research. The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank is an initiative which collects annotated datasets relevant to human mesothelioma to develop an enterprising biospecimen resource to fulfill researchers' need. The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank architecture is based on three major components: (a) common data elements (based on College of American Pathologists protocol and National North American Association of Central Cancer Registries standards), (b) clinical and epidemiologic data annotation, and (c) data query tools. These tools work interoperably to standardize the entire process of annotation. The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank tool is based upon the caTISSUE Clinical Annotation Engine, developed by the University of Pittsburgh in cooperation with the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG, see http://cabig.nci.nih.gov). This application provides a web-based system for annotating, importing and searching mesothelioma cases. The underlying information model is constructed utilizing Unified Modeling Language class diagrams, hierarchical relationships and Enterprise Architect software. The database provides researchers real-time access to richly annotated specimens and integral information related to mesothelioma. The data disclosed is tightly regulated depending upon users' authorization and depending on the participating institute that is amenable to the local Institutional Review Board and regulation committee reviews. The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank currently has over 600 annotated cases available for researchers that include paraffin embedded tissues, tissue microarrays, serum and genomic DNA. The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank is a virtual biospecimen registry with robust translational biomedical informatics support to facilitate basic science, clinical, and translational research. Furthermore, it protects patient privacy by disclosing only

  8. Statins do not alter the incidence of mesothelioma in asbestos exposed mice or humans.

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    Robinson, Cleo; Alfonso, Helman; Woo, Samantha; Walsh, Amy; Olsen, Nola; Musk, Arthur W; Robinson, Bruce W S; Nowak, Anna K; Lake, Richard A

    2014-01-01

    Mesothelioma is principally caused by asbestos and may be preventable because there is a long latent period between exposure and disease development. The most at-risk are a relatively well-defined population who were exposed as a consequence of their occupations. Although preventative agents investigated so far have not been promising, discovery of such an agent would have a significant benefit world-wide on healthcare costs and personal suffering. Statins are widely used for management of hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular risk; they can induce apoptosis in mesothelioma cells and epidemiological data has linked their use to a lower incidence of cancer. We hypothesised that statins would inhibit the development of asbestos-induced mesothelioma in mice and humans. An autochthonous murine model of asbestos-induced mesothelioma was used to test this by providing atorvastatin daily in the feed at 100 mg/kg, 200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg. Continuous administration of atorvastatin did not alter the rate of disease development nor increase the length of time that mice survived. Latency to first symptoms of disease and disease progression were also unaffected. In a parallel study, the relationship between the use of statins and development of mesothelioma was investigated in asbestos-exposed humans. In a cohort of 1,738 asbestos exposed people living or working at a crocidolite mine site in Wittenoom, Western Australia, individuals who reported use of statins did not have a lower incidence of mesothelioma (HR = 1.01; 95% CI = 0.44-2.29, p = 0.99). Some individuals reported use of both statins and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or COX-2 inhibitors, and these people also did not have an altered risk of mesothelioma development (HR = 1.01; 95% CI = 0.61-1.67, p = 0.97). We conclude that statins do not moderate the rate of development of mesothelioma in either a mouse model or a human cohort exposed to asbestos.

  9. A case-control study of mesothelioma in Minnesota iron ore (taconite) miners.

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    Lambert, Christine S; Alexander, Bruce H; Ramachandran, Gurumurthy; MacLehose, Richard F; Nelson, Heather H; Ryan, Andrew D; Mandel, Jeffrey H

    2016-02-01

    An excess of mesothelioma has been observed in iron ore miners in Northeastern Minnesota. Mining and processing of taconite iron ore generate exposures that include elongate mineral particles (EMPs) of amphibole and non-amphibole origin. We conducted a nested case-control study of mesothelioma in a cohort of 68,737 iron ore miners (haematite and taconite ore miners) to evaluate the association between mesothelioma, employment and EMP exposures from taconite mining. Mesothelioma cases (N=80) were identified through the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System (MCSS) and death certificates. Four controls of similar age were selected for each case with 315 controls ultimately eligible for inclusion. Mesothelioma risk was evaluated by estimating rate ratios and 95% CIs with conditional logistic regression in relation to duration of taconite industry employment and cumulative EMP exposure [(EMP/cc)×years], defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 7400 method. Models were adjusted for employment in haematite mining and potential exposure to commercial asbestos products used in the industry. All mesothelioma cases were male and 57 of the cases had work experience in the taconite industry. Mesothelioma was associated with the number of years employed in the taconite industry (RR=1.03, 95% CI 1.00 to 1.06) and cumulative EMP exposure (RR=1.10, 95% CI 0.97 to -1.24). No association was observed with employment in haematite mining. These results support an association between mesothelioma and employment duration and possibly EMP exposure in taconite mining and processing. The type of EMP was not determined. The potential role of commercial asbestos cannot be entirely ruled out. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  10. Malignant Mesothelioma of Spermatic Cord in an Elderly Man With a History of Asbestos Exposure.

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    D'Antonio, Antonio; Mastella, Federica; Colucci, Angelo; Silvestre, Gianmarco

    2016-01-01

    We report a case of malignant mesothelioma of the spermatic cord in 80-year-old man presented with retained testis, hydrocele, and right inguinal mass. The patient had a long history of asbestos exposure as a railway worker. The patient was submitted to inguinal radical orchiectomy. One year after surgery, the patient is alive without signs of disease. Malignant mesothelioma of spermatic cord is a very rare disease, but this diagnosis should be suspected in patient with a history of asbestos exposure.

  11. Non-malignant chest x ray changes in patients with mesothelioma in a large cohort of asbestos insulation workers.

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    Lilis, R; Ribak, J; Suzuki, Y; Penner, L; Bernstein, N; Selikoff, I J

    1987-01-01

    To assess the prevalence of non-malignant chest x ray abnormalities in cases of mesothelioma 184 cases of mesothelioma (72 pleural and 112 peritoneal) which had occurred in a cohort of asbestos insulation workers followed up since 1967 were studied. Chest x ray films of satisfactory quality, on which the presence or absence of non-malignant radiological changes indicating interstitial pulmonary fibrosis or pleural fibrosis or both, could be assessed with a high degree of certainty were available. In some cases (20% for pleural mesothelioma, 11.6% for peritoneal mesothelioma) non-malignant radiological changes were not radiologically detectable. Parenchymal interstitial fibrosis (small irregular opacities) only was found in a proportion of cases (25.4% of pleural mesotheliomas, 12.5% of peritoneal mesotheliomas). Pleural fibrosis only was detected in 17% of cases of pleural mesothelioma and 27% of cases of peritoneal mesothelioma. Most patients had both parenchymal and pleural fibrosis. Although these results tend to indicate that in peritoneal mesothelioma the proportion of pleural fibrosis is significantly higher, these findings might have been due to the fact that in most cases of pleural mesothelioma non-malignant changes were interpreted in one hemithorax only. In 46 cases (21 pleural, 25 peritoneal) in which sufficient lung tissue was available histopathology of lung parenchyma indicated the presence of interstitial fibrosis; in 20 (43.5%) of these the chest x ray film had been read as negative. Thus the absence of radiologically detectable small opacities on the chest x ray film does not exclude the existence of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in cases of mesothelioma among insulation workers. With lower levels of exposure (such as in family contacts of asbestos workers) it is conceivable that mesothelioma might occur in the absence of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. PMID:3606969

  12. [Blunt force injuries due to martial arts in children--a diagnostic problem? Delayed diagnosis of an infected hematoma].

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    Kruppa, C; Goericke, S L; Matheney, T; Ozokyay, L; Schildhauer, T A; Muhr, G; Dudda, M

    2010-10-01

    Blunt force injuries in martial arts occur frequently but isolated hematoma of muscles in the extremities is rare. Even minor trauma of the lower extremities due to throwing techniques in judo and other forms of Asian martial arts can lead to major pathologies. A 9-year-old girl presented with an unclear swelling and soreness of the calf muscle. The patient could not remember an obvious traumatic event. She was admitted 4 days later because of increased swelling, pain and erythema. The parents reported a minor trauma at judo training 1 week ago. Further investigation was performed with MRI and confirmed a massive hematoma much greater than previously shown by sonography. Histologic and microbiologic evaluation demonstrated florid inflammation and proof of Staphylococcus aureus was found intra-operatively. The diagnosis of blunt force injuries due to martial arts is difficult in childhood because often children do not remember a traumatic event. Therefore, it is important to obtain a thorough history from caregivers. Because sonography depends highly on the experience of the investigator MRI is considered to be a better diagnostic modality to diagnose and guide treatment in this age group.

  13. Are language production problems apparent in adults who no longer meet diagnostic criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

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    Engelhardt, Paul E.; Veld, Sean N.; Nigg, Joel T.; Ferreira, Fernanda

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we examined sentence production in a sample of adults (N = 21) who had Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as children, but as adults, no longer met DSM-IV diagnostic criteria (APA, 2000). This “remitted” group was assessed on a sentence production task. On each trial, participants saw two objects and a verb. Their task was to construct a sentence using the objects as arguments of the verb. Results showed more ungrammatical and disfluent utterances with one particular type of verb (i.e. participle). In a second set of analyses, we compared the remitted group to both control participants, and a “persistent” group, who had ADHD as children and as adults. Results showed that remitters were more likely to produce ungrammatical utterances and to make repair disfluencies compared to controls, and they patterned more similarly to ADHD participants. Conclusions focus on language output in remitted ADHD, and the role of executive functions in language production. PMID:23005917

  14. FISH analysis of intrapulmonary malignant mesothelioma without a clinically detectable primary pleural lesion: an autopsy case.

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    Hasegawa, Mizue; Sakai, Fumikazu; Sato, Akitoshi; Tsubomizu, Sayuri; Arimura, Ken; Katsura, Hideki; Koh, Eitetsu; Sekine, Yasuo; Wu, Di; Hiroshima, Kenzo

    2014-12-01

    Patients with malignant mesothelioma typically present with a pleural effusion or pleural thickening and masses. A rare autopsy case of mesothelioma presenting with multiple bilateral lung nodules without clinically detectable pleural lesions is presented. A definitive diagnosis of the video-assisted thoracic surgery specimen could not be made, though a pattern of fibrosis mimicking organizing pneumonia was identified. Despite corticosteroid therapy, follow-up chest computed tomography showed enlargement of multiple nodules accompanied by the appearance of pleural thickening and effusions. The patient died of respiratory failure 11 months after initial presentation. Autopsy and retrospective analysis of the video-assisted thoracic surgery specimen using a p16 fluorescence in situ hybridization assay showed p16 homozygous deletion. The final diagnosis was sarcomatoid mesothelioma, and the lung nodules were intrapulmonary metastases from a clinically undetectable pleural sarcomatoid mesothelioma. It is important both to consider the possibility of mesothelioma with unusual clinical, radiological and pathological presentations and to remember that p16 fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis can play an important role in the diagnosis of mesothelioma.

  15. Multicystic mesothelioma caused by endometriosis: 2 case reports and review of the literature.

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    Kurisu, Yoshitaka; Tsuji, Motomu; Shibayama, Yuro; Yamada, Takashi; Ohmichi, Masahide

    2011-03-01

    Multicystic mesothelioma was described as a benign neoplasm in most reports. But, whether it is neoplastic or reactive is still controversial. Although multicystic mesothelioma is often accompanied by endometriosis, histologic findings of the lesion with endometriosis have not been well documented. In this report, 2 cases of multicystic mesothelioma with endometriosis were studied histologically. The first lesion consisted of multiple cysts having thin walls lined with single-layered cuboidal mesothelia, and in the cystic walls, small foci of endometriosis were found. The second lesion was next to the endometriotic cysts in the pelvic space. These histologic findings suggest that endometriosis greatly contributes to the origin of the lesions. In addition, from the review of the literature, cystic mesothelioma was divided into 2 categories, that is, neoplastic or non-neoplastic lesions. Differentiation of both disorders might be possible by the following: size of the lesion, macroscopic and microscopic solid proliferation, features of adenomatoid tumor, and common mesothelioma-like histology. In conclusion, multicystic mesothelioma accompanied by endometriosis is thought to be a secondary non-neoplastic lesion induced by adhesion or inflammation rather than a neoplasm.

  16. Epidemiology of pleural mesothelioma in a population with non-occupational asbestos exposure.

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    Metintas, Muzaffer; Metintas, Selma; Ak, Guntulu; Erginel, Sinan; Alatas, Fusun; Kurt, Emel; Ucgun, Irfan; Yildirim, Huseyin

    2008-01-01

    This study describes the epidemiology of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in a rural population with environmental asbestos exposure. Patients with diagnosed MPM were recruited and their relevant demographic and exposure data were analysed. A total of 131 patients with MPM (59 men, 72 women) were studied. The patients' mean age was 57.8 years and the mean exposure duration was 28.9 years. The cumulative fibre count of the villagers ranged from 0.19 to 14.61 fibre/mL-years. Of the 131 patients, 85 had epithelial cell type, 20 had mixed, and eight had sarcomatous pleural mesothelioma. No significant relationship was found between asbestos fibre type and age, exposure period, or cellular type of MPM; similarly, no significant relationship could be found between the cellular type and age or exposure period. Patients with sarcomatous mesotheliomas were considerably older. Only five of 131 (3.8%) patients had a family history of mesothelioma. Environmental exposure to asbestos begins at birth and this may be important in the age of disease onset, if a threshold model for cancer initiation is operative. Both men and women had an excess risk of mesothelioma. Given that a family history of MPM was not common in this relatively homogenous patient group, a genetic predisposition to mesothelioma appears unlikely.

  17. Personalized Oncogenomics: Clinical Experience with Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma Using Whole Genome Sequencing

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    Sheffield, Brandon S.; Tinker, Anna V.; Shen, Yaoqing; Hwang, Harry; Li-Chang, Hector H.; Pleasance, Erin; Ch’ng, Carolyn; Lum, Amy; Lorette, Julie; McConnell, Yarrow J.; Sun, Sophie; Jones, Steven J. M.; Gown, Allen M.; Huntsman, David G.; Schaeffer, David F.; Churg, Andrew; Yip, Stephen; Laskin, Janessa; Marra, Marco A.

    2015-01-01

    Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare and sometimes lethal malignancy that presents a clinical challenge for both diagnosis and management. Recent studies have led to a better understanding of the molecular biology of peritoneal mesothelioma. Translation of the emerging data into better treatments and outcome is needed. From two patients with peritoneal mesothelioma, we derived whole genome sequences, RNA expression profiles, and targeted deep sequencing data. Molecular data were made available for translation into a clinical treatment plan. Treatment responses and outcomes were later examined in the context of molecular findings. Molecular studies presented here provide the first reported whole genome sequences of peritoneal mesothelioma. Mutations in known mesothelioma-related genes NF2, CDKN2A, LATS2, amongst others, were identified. Activation of MET-related signaling pathways was demonstrated in both cases. A hypermutated phenotype was observed in one case (434 vs. 18 single nucleotide variants) and was associated with a favourable outcome despite sarcomatoid histology and multifocal disease. This study represents the first report of whole genome analyses of peritoneal mesothelioma, a key step in the understanding and treatment of this disease. PMID:25798586

  18. [Surveillance of malignant mesothelioma cases and definition of asbestos exposure: 1997 ReNaM data].

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    Nesti, Massimo; Marinaccio, Alessandro; Chellini, Elisabetta

    2003-01-01

    The main objectives of the National Mesothelioma Register (ReNaM), set up by the National Institute for Prevention and Occupational Safety (ISPESL), are: (a) the estimate of malignant mesothelioma incidence in Italy, (b) the definition of exposure to asbestos, (c) the identification of unknown contamination sources, still present on the territory. Cased diagnosed in 1997 in Piedmont, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Apulia are reported, regions with more than 17 million inhabitants (30% of national population). ReNaM has facilitated the identification of mesothelioma cases and the description of the previous asbestos exposure in a large geographical area of the country, even though in some regions the definition of exposure to asbestos is not complete. 429 cases are recorded, of which 326 (76%) have been defined as definite malignant mesothelioma. The standardized annual incidence rate just for pleural definite mesothelioma is 1.51 x 100,000 inhabitants (2.26 for males and 0.79 for females). The exposure to asbestos has been defined for 198 mesothelioma cases with histological diagnosis: 125 cases (63%) refer to professional exposure, 10 (5%) to environmental exposure, 5 (2.5%) to domestic exposure. The adoption of a well-constructed national database, the up-date of guidelines and the recent starting up of ReNaM in other italian regions (Lombardy, Veneto, Marche, Campania, Basilicata and Sicily) will shortly lead to obtaining a major representativeness of the Italian situation.

  19. Asbestos in Belgium: an underestimated health risk. The evolution of mesothelioma mortality rates (1969–2009)

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    Van den Borre, Laura; Deboosere, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    Background: Although Belgium was once a major international manufacturer of asbestos products, asbestos-related diseases in the country have remained scarcely researched. Objectives: The aim of this study is to provide a descriptive analysis of Belgian mesothelioma mortality rates in order to improve the understanding of asbestos health hazards from an international perspective. Methods: Temporal and geographical analyses were performed on cause-specific mortality data (1969–2009) using quantitative demographic measures. Results were compared to recent findings on global mesothelioma deaths. Results: Belgium has one of the highest mesothelioma mortality rates in the world, following the UK, Australia, and Italy. With a progressive increase of male mesothelioma deaths in the mid-1980s, large differences in mortality rates between sexes are apparent. Mesothelioma deaths are primarily concentrated in geographic areas with proximity to former asbestos industries. Conclusions: Asbestos mortality in Belgium has been underestimated for decades. Our findings suggest that the location of asbestos industries is correlated with rates of mesothelioma, underlining the need to avert future asbestos exposure by thorough screening of potential contaminated sites and by pursuing a global ban on asbestos. PMID:24999848

  20. Pleural mesothelioma in Sweden: an analysis of the incidence according to the use of asbestos

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    Jarvholm, B.; Englund, A.; Albin, M.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate if the preventive measures taken to reduce the occupational exposure to asbestos have resulted in a decreased incidence of pleural mesothelioma in Sweden. METHODS: The incidence of pleural mesothelioma between 1958 and 1995 for birth cohorts born between 1885 and 1964 was investigated. The cases of pleural mesothelioma were identified through the Swedish Cancer Register. RESULTS: In 1995, around 80 cases of pleural mesothelioma could be attributed to occupational exposure to asbestos. There is an increasing incidence in more recent birth cohorts in men. The incidence was considerably higher in the male cohort born between 1935 and 1944 than in men born earlier. CONCLUSIONS: The annual incidence of pleural mesothelioma attributable to occupational exposure to asbestos is today larger than all fatal occupational accidents in Sweden. The first asbestos regulation was adopted in 1964 and in the mid 1970s imports of raw asbestos decreased drastically. Yet there is no obvious indication that the preventive measures have decreased the risk of pleural mesothelioma. The long latency indicates that the effects of preventive measures in the 1970s could first be evaluated around 2005.   PMID:10448315

  1. Asbestos in Belgium: an underestimated health risk. The evolution of mesothelioma mortality rates (1969-2009).

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    Van den Borre, Laura; Deboosere, Patrick

    2014-01-01

    Although Belgium was once a major international manufacturer of asbestos products, asbestos-related diseases in the country have remained scarcely researched. The aim of this study is to provide a descriptive analysis of Belgian mesothelioma mortality rates in order to improve the understanding of asbestos health hazards from an international perspective. Temporal and geographical analyses were performed on cause-specific mortality data (1969-2009) using quantitative demographic measures. Results were compared to recent findings on global mesothelioma deaths. Belgium has one of the highest mesothelioma mortality rates in the world, following the UK, Australia, and Italy. With a progressive increase of male mesothelioma deaths in the mid-1980s, large differences in mortality rates between sexes are apparent. Mesothelioma deaths are primarily concentrated in geographic areas with proximity to former asbestos industries. Asbestos mortality in Belgium has been underestimated for decades. Our findings suggest that the location of asbestos industries is correlated with rates of mesothelioma, underlining the need to avert future asbestos exposure by thorough screening of potential contaminated sites and by pursuing a global ban on asbestos.

  2. Germline BAP1 mutational landscape of asbestos-exposed malignant mesothelioma patients with family history of cancer

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    Ohar, Jill A.; Cheung, Mitchell; Talarchek, Jacqueline; Howard, Suzanne E.; Howard, Timothy D.; Hesdorffer, Mary; Peng, Hongzhuang; Rauscher, Frank J.; Testa, Joseph R.

    2015-01-01

    Heritable mutations in the BAP1 tumor suppressor gene predispose individuals to mesothelioma and other cancers. However, a large-scale assessment of germline BAP1 mutation incidence and associated clinical features in mesothelioma patients with a family history of cancer has not been reported. Therefore, we examined the germline BAP1 mutation status of 150 mesothelioma patients with a family history of cancer, 50 asbestos-exposed control individuals with a family history of cancers other than mesothelioma, and 153 asbestos-exposed individuals without familial cancer. No BAP1 alterations were found in control cohorts, but were identified in 9 of 150 mesothelioma cases (6%) with a family history of cancer. Alterations among these cases were characterized by both missense and frameshift mutations, and enzymatic activity of BAP1 missense mutants was decreased compared to wild-type BAP1. Furthermore, BAP1 mutation carriers developed mesothelioma at an earlier age that was more often peritoneal than pleural (5 of 9), and exhibited improved long-term survival compared to mesothelioma patients without BAP1 mutations. Moreover, many tumors harboring BAP1 germline mutations were associated with BAP1 syndrome, including mesothelioma and ocular/cutaneous melanomas, as well as renal, breast, lung, gastric, and basal cell carcinomas. Collectively, these findings suggest that mesothelioma patients presenting with a family history of cancer should be considered for BAP1 genetic testing to identify those individuals who might benefit from further screening and routine monitoring for the purpose of early detection and intervention. PMID:26719535

  3. Sarcomatoid Type Primary Pericardial Mesothelioma with a Long-term Survival after the Onset of Cardiac Tamponade.

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    Saisho, Chika; Ishii, Hidenobu; Edakuni, Nobutaka; Imamura, Yohei; Tokito, Takaaki; Kinoshita, Takashi; Azuma, Koichi; Yamada, Kazuhiko; Hoshino, Tomoaki

    Primary pericardial malignant mesothelioma is a very rare clinical entity and its prognosis is very poor. We herein report a 67-year-old man who presented with pericardial mesothelioma that was diagnosed 21 months after the onset of cardiac tamponade as the initial manifestation. Despite undergoing pericardiocentesis and surgical pericardial fenestration at the onset of cardiac tamponade, we were unable to make a conclusive diagnosis of mesothelioma based on the cytological and histological findings. This unusual case had a relatively long progression-free period without treatment before the appearance of pleural tumors that showed the histological features of malignant sarcomatoid mesothelioma.

  4. Rarity of malignant mesothelioma prior to the widespread commercial introduction of asbestos: the Mount Sinai autopsy experience 1883-1910.

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    Strauchen, James A

    2011-06-01

    Most malignant mesotheliomas are related to asbestos exposure. Whether malignant mesothelioma occurs in the absence of asbestos exposure remains unsettled. To address this question we reviewed a series of 2,025 autopsies performed at the Mount Sinai Hospital between 1883 and 1910, prior to the widespread commercial introduction of asbestos. Retrospective autopsy review. No cases of malignant mesothelioma were identified in 2,025 autopsies performed between 1883 and 1910. Malignant mesothelioma was rare prior to the widespread commercial introduction of asbestos. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  5. Mucin-positive epithelial mesotheliomas: a histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural comparison with mucin-producing pulmonary adenocarcinomas.

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    Hammar, S P; Bockus, D E; Remington, F L; Rohrbach, K A

    1996-01-01

    Pathologists routinely use histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy to differentiate epithelial mesotheliomas from pulmonary adenocarcinomas. Epithelial mesotheliomas are usually mucicarmine-, PAS-diastase, and carcinoembryonic antigen-negative, whereas about 60-75% of pulmonary adenocarcinomas are mucicarmine- and PAS-diastase-positive, and about 90% express polyclonal carcinoembryonic antigen. During a pathologic evaluation of pleural neoplasms between 1975 and 1990, 10 epithelial mesotheliomas were identified that were mucicarmine- and in some instances PAS-diastase-positive (diagnosis of mesothelioma confirmed by ultrastructural examination), with four mesotheliomas focally expressing carcinoembryonic antigen. The mucicarmine, PAS-diastase, and carcinoembryonic antigen staining were usually eradicated or reduced in intensity by pretreatment of the tissue sections with hyaluronidase, suggesting that hyaluronic acid was responsible for the positive mucin reactions. In three cases the epithelial mesotheliomas showed focal regions of mucicarmine, PAS-d-, and Alcian blue-hyaluronidase-resistant staining. In contrast, 10 mucicarmine-, PAS-diastase-, Alcian blue-, and carcinoembryonic antigen-positive pulmonary adenocarcinomas were not affected by hyaluronidase pretreatment of the tissue. Besides the usual ultrastructural features of well- to moderately well-differentiated epithelial mesotheliomas, the mucin-positive epithelial mesotheliomas often showed medium-electron-dense secretory material covering the microvilli, aggregates of medium electron-dense material in association with the microvilli, producing an ultrastructural morphology that has been observed only in epithelial mesotheliomas.

  6. Germline BAP1 Mutational Landscape of Asbestos-Exposed Malignant Mesothelioma Patients with Family History of Cancer.

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    Ohar, Jill A; Cheung, Mitchell; Talarchek, Jacqueline; Howard, Suzanne E; Howard, Timothy D; Hesdorffer, Mary; Peng, Hongzhuang; Rauscher, Frank J; Testa, Joseph R

    2016-01-15

    Heritable mutations in the BAP1 tumor suppressor gene predispose individuals to mesothelioma and other cancers. However, a large-scale assessment of germline BAP1 mutation incidence and associated clinical features in mesothelioma patients with a family history of cancer has not been reported. Therefore, we examined the germline BAP1 mutation status of 150 mesothelioma patients with a family history of cancer, 50 asbestos-exposed control individuals with a family history of cancers other than mesothelioma, and 153 asbestos-exposed individuals without familial cancer. No BAP1 alterations were found in control cohorts, but were identified in nine of 150 mesothelioma cases (6%) with a family history of cancer. Alterations among these cases were characterized by both missense and frameshift mutations, and enzymatic activity of BAP1 missense mutants was decreased compared with wild-type BAP1. Furthermore, BAP1 mutation carriers developed mesothelioma at an earlier age that was more often peritoneal than pleural (five of nine) and exhibited improved long-term survival compared to mesothelioma patients without BAP1 mutations. Moreover, many tumors harboring BAP1 germline mutations were associated with BAP1 syndrome, including mesothelioma and ocular/cutaneous melanomas, as well as renal, breast, lung, gastric, and basal cell carcinomas. Collectively, these findings suggest that mesothelioma patients presenting with a family history of cancer should be considered for BAP1 genetic testing to identify those individuals who might benefit from further screening and routine monitoring for the purpose of early detection and intervention.

  7. Does customer information fulfill MEDDEV criteria in cases of product problems of in vitro diagnostics for infection testing?

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    Hannig, Jürgen; Siekmeier, Rüdiger

    2015-01-01

    The European Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro diagnostics (IVD) regulates marketing and post market surveillance of IVD in the European Economic Area. In cases of incidents and field safety corrective actions (FSCA) manufacturers have to inform responsible competent authority (CA) and public by field safety notices (FSN). We analyzed FSCA and FSN of IVD for infection testing (culture media, reagents, kits, control materials, as well as culture-based analyzers and their general consumables) published by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Bonn, Germany in 2005-2012 in regard to the European Regulatory Framework of Medical Devices (MEDDEV). One hundred and sixty-nine FSCA were published and German and English FSN were found in 157 and 154 cases, respectively. FSN were clearly characterized as FSN in 110 German and 134 English cases and product names were provided in 157 and 154 cases, respectively. Lot numbers and other information for product characterization were available in 146 and 137 cases, respectively. The information regarding FSCA and product malfunction was provided in 157 and 151 and 144 and 136 cases and that regarding the product related risks with continued use of affected IVD in 116 and 116 cases, respectively. In 156 German and 152 English cases, manufacturers provided the information for risk mitigation, including retesting in 69 and 75 cases, respectively. Requests to pass FSN to persons needing awareness were found in 108 and 87 cases, and contact data were provided in 127 and 131 cases, respectively. We conclude that most FSN fulfilled the MEDDEV criteria. However, type and content of FSN should be improved to ensure a better mitigation of risks due to product failure.

  8. Video-assisted cervical thoracoscopy: a novel approach for diagnosis, staging and pleurodesis of malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Chamberlain, Martin H; Fareed, Khalil; Nakas, Apostolos; Martin-Ucar, Antonio E; Waller, David A

    2008-07-01

    In the preoperative workup for radical surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), mediastinal lymph node staging, diagnostic pleural biopsies and effusion control with talc pleurodesis are required. We present a new technique combining these objectives via a single cervical incision using the videomediastinoscope and demonstrate its clinical benefits. Video-assisted cervical thoracoscopy (VACT) was attempted in 15 patients (13 male, mean age 57 years), who were potential candidates for radical surgery. Following conventional cervical videomediastinoscopy, a 5 mm thoracoscope was advanced into the relevant pleural cavity through the mediastinoscope via a mediastinal pleurotomy. Pleural biopsies were taken followed by talc insufflation and cervical tube drainage. The clinical outcome was compared with 26 patients undergoing a staged preoperative workup during the same period. VACT was successful in 10 patients (66.6%). In five patients (three right and two left), thoracoscopy was abandoned due to excessive mediastinal fat (1), thick pleura (2) and inability to enter the left hemithorax (2). Mean operative time was 71 (65-90) min and hospital stay 4 (3-7) days. One patient suffered recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy and one had persistent air leak. Ten patients subsequently underwent radical surgery. Time to radical surgery was significantly reduced by nearly 2 months in VACT patients (28+/-17 days vs 87+/-56 days, p<0.001). The benefits of this approach include reduction in postoperative pain, risk of biopsy site tumour seeding, and preoperative delay to radical surgery. VACT is feasible in right-sided mesothelioma but has not yet been validated on the left.

  9. Mesothelioma in Quebec chrysotile miners and millers: epidemiology and aetiology.

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    McDonald, A D; Case, B W; Churg, A; Dufresne, A; Gibbs, G W; Sébastien, P; McDonald, J C

    1997-12-01

    In a cohort of some 11,000 men born 1891-1920 and employed in the Quebec chrysotile production industry, including a small asbestos products factory, of 9780 men who survived into 1936, 8009 are known to have died before 1993, 38 probably from mesothelioma--33 in miners and millers and five in factory workers. Among the 5041 miners and millers at Thetford Mines, there had been 4125 deaths from all causes, including 25 (0.61%) from mesothelioma, a rate of 33.7 per 100,000 subject-years; the corresponding figures for the 4031 men at Asbestos were eight out of 3331 (0.24%, or 13.2 per 100,000 subject-years). At the factory in Asbestos, where all 708 employees were potentially exposed to crocidolite and/or amosite, there were 553 deaths, of which five (0.90%) were due to mesothelioma; the rate of 46.2 per 100,000 subject-years was 3.5 times higher than among the local miners and millers. Six of the 33 cases in miners and millers were in men employed from 2 to 5 years and who might have been exposed to asbestos elsewhere; otherwise, the 22 cases at Thetford were in men employed 20 years or more and the five at Asbestos for at least 30 years. The cases at Thetford were more common in miners than in millers, whereas those at. Asbestos were all in millers. Within Thetford Mines, case-referent analyses showed a substantially increased risk associated with years of employment in a circumscribed group of five mines (Area A), but not in a peripherally distributed group of ten mines (Area B); nor was the risk related to years employed at Asbestos, either at the mine and mill or at the factory. There was no indication that risks were affected by the level of dust exposure. A similar pattern in the prevalence of pleural calcification had been observed at Thetford Mines in the 1970s. These geographical differences, both within the Thetford region and between it and Asbestos, suggest that the explanation is mineralogical. Lung tissue analyses showed that the concentration of

  10. Pleural Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Rosenzweig, Kenneth E.; Zauderer, Marjorie G.; Laser, Benjamin; Krug, Lee M.; Yorke, Ellen; Sima, Camelia S.; Flores, Raja; Rusch, Valerie

    2012-07-15

    Purpose: In patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma who are unable to undergo pneumonectomy, it is difficult to deliver tumoricidal radiation doses to the pleura without significant toxicity. We have implemented a technique of using intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to treat these patients, and we report the feasibility and toxicity of this approach. Methods and Materials: Between 2005 and 2010, 36 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma and two intact lungs (i.e., no previous pneumonectomy) were treated with pleural IMRT to the hemithorax (median dose, 46.8 Gy; range, 41.4-50.4) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Results: Of the 36 patients, 56% had right-sided tumors. The histologic type was epithelial in 78%, sarcomatoid in 6%, and mixed in 17%, and 6% had Stage I, 28% had Stage II, 33% had Stage III, and 33% had Stage IV. Thirty-two patients (89%) received induction chemotherapy (mostly cisplatin and pemetrexed); 56% underwent pleurectomy/decortication before IMRT and 44% did not undergo resection. Of the 36 patients evaluable for acute toxicity, 7 (20%) had Grade 3 or worse pneumonitis (including 1 death) and 2 had Grade 3 fatigue. In 30 patients assessable for late toxicity, 5 had continuing Grade 3 pneumonitis. For patients treated with surgery, the 1- and 2-year survival rate was 75% and 53%, and the median survival was 26 months. For patients who did not undergo surgical resection, the 1- and 2-year survival rate was 69% and 28%, and the median survival was 17 months. Conclusions: Treating the intact lung with pleural IMRT in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma is a safe and feasible treatment option with an acceptable rate of pneumonitis. Additionally, the survival rates were encouraging in our retrospective series, particularly for the patients who underwent pleurectomy/decortication. We have initiated a Phase II trial of induction chemotherapy with pemetrexed and cisplatin with or without pleurectomy

  11. MDM2 and HIF1alpha expression levels in different histologic subtypes of malignant pleural mesothelioma: correlation with pathological and clinical data

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    Mencoboni, Manlio; Grosso, Federica; Ceresoli, Giovanni Luca; Lunardi, Francesca; Vuljan, Stefania Edith; Bertorelle, Roberta; Sacchetto, Valeria; Ciminale, Vincenzo; Rea, Federico; Favaretto, Adolfo; Conte, PierFranco; Calabrese, Fiorella

    2015-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Sarcomatoid/biphasic mesotheliomas are characterized by more aggressive behaviour and a poorer prognosis compared with the epithelioid subtype. To date prognostic and tailored therapeutic biomarkers are lacking. The present study analyzed the expression levels of MDM2 and HIF1alpha in different histologic subtypes from chemonaive MPM patients. Diagnostic biopsies of MPM patients from four Italian cancer centers were centrally collected and analyzed. MDM2 and HIF1alpha expression levels were investigated through immunohistochemistry and RT-qPCR. Pathological assessment of necrosis, inflammation and proliferation index was also performed. Molecular markers, pathological features and clinical characteristics were correlated to overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS). Sixty MPM patients were included in the study (32 epithelioid and 28 non-epithelioid). Higher levels of MDM2 (p < 0.001), HIF1alpha (p = 0.013), necrosis (p = 0.013) and proliferation index (p < 0.001) were seen mainly in sarcomatoid/biphasic subtypes. Higher levels of inflammation were significantly associated with epithelioid subtype (p = 0.044). MDM2 expression levels were correlated with HIF1alpha levels (p = 0.0001), necrosis (p = 0.008) and proliferation index (p = 0.009). Univariate analysis showed a significant correlation of non-epithelioid histology (p = 0.04), high levels of necrosis (p = 0.037) and proliferation index (p = 0.0002) with shorter PFS. Sarcomatoid/biphasic and epithelioid mesotheliomas showed different MDM2 and HIF1alpha expression levels and were characterized by different levels of necrosis, proliferation and inflammation. Further studies are warranted to confirm a prognostic and predictive role of such markers and features. PMID:26544728

  12. Clinico-pathological features and somatic gene alterations in refractory ceramic fibre-induced murine mesothelioma reveal mineral fibre-induced mesothelioma identities

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    Andujar, Pascal; Lecomte, Céline; Renier, Annie; Fleury-Feith, Jocelyne; Kheuang, Laurence; Daubriac, Julien; Janin, Anne; Jaurand, Marie-Claude

    2007-01-01

    Although human malignant mesothelioma (HMM) is mainly caused by asbestos exposure, refractory ceramic fibres (RCFs) have been classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans on the basis of their biological effects in rodents’ lung and pleura and in cultured cells. Hence, further investigations are needed to clarify the mechanism of fibre-induced carcinogenicity and to prevent use of harmful particles. In a previous study, mesotheliomas were found in hemizygous Nf2 (Nf2+/−) mice exposed to asbestos fibres, and showed similar alterations in genes at the Ink4 locus and in Trp53 as described in HMM. Here we found that Nf2+/− mice developed mesotheliomas after intra-peritoneal inoculation of a RCF sample (RCF1). Clinical features in exposed mice were similar to those observed in HMM, showing association between ascite and mesothelioma. Early passages of 12 mesothelioma cell cultures from ascites developed in RCF1-exposed Nf2+/− mice demonstrated frequent inactivation by deletion of genes at the Ink4 locus, and low rate of Trp53 point and insertion mutations. Nf2 gene was inactivated in all cultures. In most cases, co-inactivation of genes at the Ink4 locus and Nf2 was found and, at a lower rate, of Trp53 and Nf2. These results are the first to identify mutations in RCF-induced mesothelioma. They suggest that nf2 mutation is complementary of p15Ink4b, p16Ink4a and p19Arf or p53 mutations and show similar profile of gene alterations resulting from exposure to ceramic or asbestos fibres in Nf2+/− mice, also consistent with the one found in HMM. These somatic genetic changes define different pathways of mesothelial cell transformation. PMID:17272307

  13. Clinico-pathological features and somatic gene alterations in refractory ceramic fibre-induced murine mesothelioma reveal mineral fibre-induced mesothelioma identities.

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    Andujar, Pascal; Lecomte, Céline; Renier, Annie; Fleury-Feith, Jocelyne; Kheuang, Laurence; Daubriac, Julien; Janin, Anne; Jaurand, Marie-Claude

    2007-07-01

    Although human malignant mesothelioma (HMM) is mainly caused by asbestos exposure, refractory ceramic fibres (RCFs) have been classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans on the basis of their biological effects in rodents' lung and pleura and in cultured cells. Hence, further investigations are needed to clarify the mechanism of fibre-induced carcinogenicity and to prevent use of harmful particles. In a previous study, mesotheliomas were found in hemizygous Nf2 (Nf2(+/-)) mice exposed to asbestos fibres, and showed similar alterations in genes at the Ink4 locus and in Trp53 as described in HMM. Here we found that Nf2(+/-) mice developed mesotheliomas after intra-peritoneal inoculation of a RCF sample (RCF1). Clinical features in exposed mice were similar to those observed in HMM, showing association between ascite and mesothelioma. Early passages of 12 mesothelioma cell cultures from ascites developed in RCF1-exposed Nf2(+/-) mice demonstrated frequent inactivation by deletion of genes at the Ink4 locus, and low rate of Trp53 point and insertion mutations. Nf2 gene was inactivated in all cultures. In most cases, co-inactivation of genes at the Ink4 locus and Nf2 was found and, at a lower rate, of Trp53 and Nf2. These results are the first to identify mutations in RCF-induced mesothelioma. They suggest that nf2 mutation is complementary of p15(Ink4b), p16(Ink4a) and p19(Arf) or p53 mutations and show similar profile of gene alterations resulting from exposure to ceramic or asbestos fibres in Nf2(+/-) mice, also consistent with the one found in HMM. These somatic genetic changes define different pathways of mesothelial cell transformation.

  14. [Pleural mesothelioma: impact of the staging for the therapeutic strategy].

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    Greillier, L; Scherpereel, A; Astoul, P

    2007-10-01

    Realistic improvement has been recently done for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Besides new findings for the epidemiology of the disease, medico-social impact for patients, the knowledge of biological parameters for diagnosis, prognosis and future therapeutic targets as well, the early diagnosis of the disease mainly based on more extended practice of thoracoscopy allows in association with new imaging techniques a careful staging of the disease and consequently new therapeutic implications. Indeed if new balistic assessment of the disease improves the efficacy of radiotherapy and new combined chemotherapy have shown antitumoral responses, surgical strategy takes part in the armamenterium for this disease and combined with others therapeutic modalities seems to be a raisonnable approach despite the lack of prospective, comparative, randomized study and the drawback of current staging. However, the most important point is the multidisciplinary concertation induced by the management of this disease which represents a "model" in thoracic oncology.

  15. Benign mesothelioma of peritoneum presenting as a pelvic mass.

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    Asghar, Samina; Qureshi, Navid; Awan, Ali

    2008-11-01

    A large solitary multiloculated pelvic cyst in a 40-year-old woman with chronic pelvic pain was diagnosed to be a Multicystic Benign Mesothelioma (MBM) of peritoneum at laparotomy. Operative findings showed dense adhesions between uterus and bladder anteriorly, small intestines and pouch of Douglas posteriorly, a right ovarian cyst cm containing clear serous fluid and two nodular deposits were seen in the pouch of Douglas, small multiple deposits was found over the mesentery of small intestine and parietal peritoneum. Total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy and infracolic omentectomy was done. During surgery, there was injury to the small intestine hence, resection of 10 inches of small intestine with re-anastomosis was carried out. Postoperative recovery was satisfactory. At 3 years follow-up, patient is symptom-free.

  16. Photodynamic therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma: the future of treatment?

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    Friedberg, Joseph S

    2011-02-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a deadly incurable cancer, with a median survival of approximately 9 months. The best available chemotherapy, arguably the standard of care, only yields a 40% response rate and an 11-week extension in median survival. Surgery, the modality most likely to be associated with prolonged remission, remains investigational and must always be combined with other modalities in an effort to treat the microscopic disease that will remain even after the most aggressive operations. One such modality, photodynamic therapy, is a light-based cancer treatment that has features making it particularly well suited as a component of a surgery-based multimodal treatment plan. Utilizing intraoperative photodynamic therapy has enabled development of a less drastic surgical procedure that is also yielding some encouraging survival results. A unique aspect of photodynamic therapy is its stimulation of a tumor-directed immune response, a feature that offers promise for designing future treatments.

  17. Photodynamic therapy as an innovative treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Friedberg, Joseph S

    2009-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of the pleura is an experimental treatment aimed at eradicating residual microscopic disease after macroscopic complete resection of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) by means of intracavitary administration. A light-based treatment, PDT consists of 3 components: a nontoxic photosensitizing compound, oxygen, and visible light. The treatment is FDA-approved for several oncological targets, but remains experimental for MPM. PDT can be combined with lung-sparing pleurectomy and decortication and does not preclude other treatments such as adjuvant chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Additionally, PDT appears to bolster an immunologic effect by rendering the cancer cells that have been destroyed by the light-activated photosensitizer more presentable to the immune system. Local control and survival rates have been sufficiently rewarding to merit ongoing development of this combination of surgical technique and PDT.

  18. Oncolytic virotherapy for human malignant mesothelioma: recent advances

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    Boisgerault, Nicolas; Achard, Carole; Delaunay, Tiphaine; Cellerin, Laurent; Tangy, Frédéric; Grégoire, Marc; Fonteneau, Jean-François

    2015-01-01

    Cancer virotherapy is an attractive alternative to conventional treatments because it offers a wide range of antitumor effects due to 1) the diversity of the oncolytic viruses that are now available and 2) their multifaceted activities against both tumor cells and tumor vessels, in addition to their ability to induce antitumor immune responses. In this review, we summarize preclinical and clinical data regarding the targeting of malignant mesothelioma (MM) by oncolytic viruses. We also discuss the potential of other oncolytic viruses that have already shown antitumor effects against several malignancies in advanced clinical trials but are yet to be tested against MM cells. Finally, we review how the activation of the immune system and combinations with other types of anticancer treatments could support the development of oncolytic virotherapy for the treatment of MM. PMID:27512676

  19. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Version 3.2016.

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    Ettinger, David S; Wood, Douglas E; Akerley, Wallace; Bazhenova, Lyudmila A; Borghaei, Hossein; Camidge, David Ross; Cheney, Richard T; Chirieac, Lucian R; D'Amico, Thomas A; Dilling, Thomas; Dobelbower, Michael; Govindan, Ramaswamy; Hennon, Mark; Horn, Leora; Jahan, Thierry M; Komaki, Ritsuko; Lackner, Rudy P; Lanuti, Michael; Lilenbaum, Rogerio; Lin, Jules; Loo, Billy W; Martins, Renato; Otterson, Gregory A; Patel, Jyoti D; Pisters, Katherine M; Reckamp, Karen; Riely, Gregory J; Schild, Steven E; Shapiro, Theresa A; Sharma, Neelesh; Swanson, Scott J; Stevenson, James; Tauer, Kurt; Yang, Stephen C; Gregory, Kristina; Hughes, Miranda

    2016-07-01

    These NCCN Guidelines Insights focus on recent updates to the NCCN Guidelines for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM). These NCCN Guidelines Insights discuss systemic therapy regimens and surgical controversies for MPM. The NCCN panel recommends cisplatin/pemetrexed (category 1) for patients with MPM. The NCCN panel also now recommends bevacizumab/cisplatin/pemetrexed as a first-line therapy option for patients with unresectable MPM who are candidates for bevacizumab. The complete version of the NCCN Guidelines for MPM, available at NCCN.org, addresses all aspects of management for MPM including diagnosis, evaluation, staging, treatment, surveillance, and therapy for recurrence and metastasis; NCCN Guidelines are intended to assist with clinical decision-making.

  20. Cytoreductive Surgery with Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma

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    Blackham, Aaron U.; Levine, Edward A.

    2013-01-01

    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive neoplasm that is largely resistant to traditional anti-cancer therapies. For years it has been considered a terminal condition and once diagnosed, patients generally survived less than a year despite aggressive treatment. Although rare, the worldwide incidence of MPM continues to rise, in part due to its association with asbestos exposure. Patients usually present with non-specific symptoms of abdominal distension and pain making the diagnosis challenging. In recent years, aggressive cytoreductive surgery with the administration of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has improved survival in patients with MPM treated at multiple centers worldwide. This review article briefly highlights the presentation, diagnosis, and natural history of MPM. We then explore the available treatment options with primary focus on cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. PMID:24039630

  1. Immunotherapy prospects in the treatment of lung cancer and mesothelioma

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    Lievense, Lysanne A.; Hoogsteden, Henk C.; Hegmans, Joost P.

    2014-01-01

    A very recent finding is the role of immune activation in cancer. The assumption that stimulating the patient’s immune system to attack tumors is a valuable treatment option in malignant diseases has gained more acceptance. However the high immunosuppressive effects caused by the tumor limits this beneficial effect. There is a delicate balance between immunoactivation and immunosuppression in a patient. Especially in non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the role of immunosuppressive cells hampering immune activation is high. But also in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and mesothelioma immunosuppressive activity is high. This is suggested to be related to the type of tumor, advanced stage of the disease, and the tumor load. In this review, we provide an overview of the progress and challenges in the immunotherapeutic approaches in lung cancer. We conclude with the concept that immunotherapy in thoracic malignancies must be tailored made to the balance of the immune system. PMID:25806279

  2. Advanced, recurrent mesothelioma growth mimicking an aortic dissection.

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    Pankhania, Miran; Hardiment, Kate; Marathe, Mandar

    2011-02-02

    In the emergency setting, a cold, clammy, dyspnoeic patient presenting with interscapular chest pain and unequal blood pressures suggests an acute aortic dissection until proven otherwise. By means of a case report, the authors detail one such patient who presented identically to one having an acute aortic dissection. Initial assessment showed unequal blood pressures in left and right arms, a resting tachycardia and indistinct heart sounds. Fluid resuscitation failed to improve the patient's physiological parameters and they rapidly deteriorated. The medical history included mesothelioma and atrial fibrillation. Existing investigations were reviewed and after thorough consideration of the patient's premorbid state and likely prognosis, the decision was made to palliate. The patient died shortly after being transferred to the oncology ward. Imaging is therefore integral to the assessment and management of a patient in whom an aortic dissection is feared.

  3. Oncolytic virotherapy for human malignant mesothelioma: recent advances.

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    Boisgerault, Nicolas; Achard, Carole; Delaunay, Tiphaine; Cellerin, Laurent; Tangy, Frédéric; Grégoire, Marc; Fonteneau, Jean-François

    2015-01-01

    Cancer virotherapy is an attractive alternative to conventional treatments because it offers a wide range of antitumor effects due to 1) the diversity of the oncolytic viruses that are now available and 2) their multifaceted activities against both tumor cells and tumor vessels, in addition to their ability to induce antitumor immune responses. In this review, we summarize preclinical and clinical data regarding the targeting of malignant mesothelioma (MM) by oncolytic viruses. We also discuss the potential of other oncolytic viruses that have already shown antitumor effects against several malignancies in advanced clinical trials but are yet to be tested against MM cells. Finally, we review how the activation of the immune system and combinations with other types of anticancer treatments could support the development of oncolytic virotherapy for the treatment of MM.

  4. Malignant pleural mesothelioma in bakers and pastry cooks.

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    Ascoli, V; Calisti, R; Carnovale-Scalzo, C; Nardi, F

    2001-10-01

    The occurrence of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) among bakers and pastry cooks has never been documented. We detected eight cases of MPM in bakers, pastry cooks, and biscuit cooks engaged in making, baking/cooking, and selling pastry/bread in two hospital-based series (Rome and Orbassano/Turin, Italy; period 1990-1997; 222 cases). Field-investigations revealed asbestos-containing material (ACM) in ovens for baking bread, that were manufactured prior to the 1980s. It is suggested that there is a possible new association of the risk of having worked as a baker or pastry cook and MPM. Presumptive source of exposure to asbestos was the use of asbestos-insulated ovens. Copyright 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  5. Overview of the biochemical and genetic processes in malignant mesothelioma*

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    de Assis, Leonardo Vinícius Monteiro; Isoldi, Mauro César

    2014-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a highly aggressive form of cancer, has a long latency period, and is resistant to chemotherapy. It is extremely fatal, with a mean survival of less than one year. The development of MM is strongly correlated with exposure to asbestos and erionite, as well as to simian virus 40. Although various countries have banned the use of asbestos, MM has proven to be difficult to control and there appears to be a trend toward an increase in its incidence in the years to come. In Brazil, MM has not been widely studied from a genetic or biochemical standpoint. In addition, there have been few epidemiological studies of the disease, and the profile of its incidence has yet to be well established in the Brazilian population. The objective of this study was to review the literature regarding the processes of malignant transformation, as well as the respective mechanisms of tumorigenesis, in MM. PMID:25210967

  6. Multipoint targeting of the PI3K/mTOR pathway in mesothelioma

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    Zhou, S; Liu, L; Li, H; Eilers, G; Kuang, Y; Shi, S; Yan, Z; Li, X; Corson, J M; Meng, F; Zhou, H; Sheng, Q; Fletcher, J A; Ou, W-B

    2014-01-01

    Background: Mesothelioma is a notoriously chemotherapy-resistant neoplasm, as is evident in the dismal overall survival for patients with those of asbestos-associated disease. We previously demonstrated co-activation of multiple receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), including epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), MET, and AXL in mesothelioma cell lines, suggesting that these kinases could serve as novel therapeutic targets. Although clinical trials have not shown activity for EGFR inhibitors in mesothelioma, concurrent inhibition of various activated RTKs has pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects in mesothelioma cell lines. Thus, we hypothesised that a coordinated network of multi-RTK activation contributes to mesothelioma tumorigenesis. Methods: Activation of PI3K/AKT/mTOR, Raf/MAPK, and co-activation of RTKs were evaluated in mesotheliomas. Effects of RTK and downstream inhibitors/shRNAs were assessed by measuring mesothelioma cell viability/growth, apoptosis, activation of signalling intermediates, expression of cell-cycle checkpoints, and cell-cycle alterations. Results: We demonstrate activation of the PI3K/AKT/p70S6K and RAF/MEK/MAPK pathways in mesothelioma, but not in non-neoplastic mesothelial cells. The AKT activation, but not MAPK activation, was dependent on coordinated activation of RTKs EGFR, MET, and AXL. In addition, PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway inhibition recapitulated the anti-proliferative effects of concurrent inhibition of EGFR, MET, and AXL. Dual targeting of PI3K/mTOR by BEZ235 or a combination of RAD001 and AKT knockdown had a greater effect on mesothelioma proliferation and viability than inhibition of individual activated RTKs or downstream signalling intermediates. Inhibition of PI3K/AKT was also associated with MDM2-p53 cell-cycle regulation. Conclusions: These findings show that PI3K/AKT/mTOR is a crucial survival pathway downstream of multiple activated RTKs in mesothelioma, underscoring that PI3K/mTOR is a compelling target for

  7. Patient-Derived Xenograft Establishment from Human Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

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    Wu, Licun; Allo, Ghassan; John, Thomas; Li, Ming; Tagawa, Tetsuzo; Opitz, Isabelle; Anraku, Masaki; Yun, Zhihong; Pintilie, Melania; Pitcher, Bethany; Liu, Geoffrey; Feld, Ron; Johnston, Michael R; de Perrot, Marc; Tsao, Ming-Sound

    2017-02-15

    Purpose: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but aggressive disease with few therapeutic options. The tumor-stromal interface is important in MPM, but this is lost in cell lines, the main model used for preclinical studies. We sought to characterize MPM patient-derived xenografts (PDX) to determine their suitability as preclinical models and whether tumors that engraft reflect a more aggressive biological phenotype.Experimental Design: Fresh tumors were harvested from extrapleural pneumonectomy, decortication, or biopsy samples of 50 MPM patients and implanted subcutaneously into immunodeficient mice and serially passaged for up to five generations. We correlated selected mesothelioma biomarkers between PDX and patient tumors, and PDX establishment with the clinical pathologic features of the patients, including their survival. DNA of nine PDXs was profiled using the OncoScan FFPE Express platform. Ten PDXs were treated with cisplatin and pemetrexed.Results: A PDX was formed in 20 of 50 (40%) tumors implanted. Histologically, PDX models closely resembled the parent tumor. PDX models formed despite preoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In multivariable analysis, patients whose tumors formed a PDX had significantly poorer survival when the model was adjusted for preoperative treatment (HR, 2.46; 95% confidence interval, 1.1-5.52; P = 0.028). Among 10 models treated with cisplatin, seven demonstrated growth inhibition. Genomic abnormalities seen in nine PDX models were similar to that previously reported.Conclusions: Patients whose tumors form PDX models have poorer clinical outcomes. MPM PDX tumors closely resemble the genotype and phenotype of parent tumors, making them valuable models for preclinical studies. Clin Cancer Res; 23(4); 1060-7. ©2016 AACR. ©2016 American Association for Cancer Research.

  8. Restricted Field IMRT Dramatically Enhances IMRT Planning for Mesothelioma

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    Allen, Aaron M. Schofield, Deborah; Hacker, Fred; Court, Laurence E.; Czerminska, Maria M.S.

    2007-12-01

    Purpose: To improve the target coverage and normal tissue sparing of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for mesothelioma after extrapleural pneumonectomy. Methods and Materials: Thirteen plans from patients previously treated with IMRT for mesothelioma were replanned using a restricted field technique. This technique was novel in two ways. It limited the entrance beams to 200{sup o} around the target and three to four beams per case had their field apertures restricted down to the level of the heart or liver to further limit the contralateral lung dose. New constraints were added that included a mean lung dose of <9.5 Gy and volume receiving {>=}5 Gy of <55%. Results: In all cases, the planning target volume coverage was excellent, with an average of 97% coverage of the planning target volume by the target dose. No change was seen in the target coverage with the new technique. The heart, kidneys, and esophagus were all kept under tolerance in all cases. The average mean lung dose, volume receiving {>=}20 Gy, and volume receiving {>=}5 Gy with the new technique was 6.6 Gy, 3.0%, and 50.8%, respectively, compared with 13.8 Gy, 15%, and 90% with the previous technique (p < 0.0001 for all three comparisons). The maximal value for any case in the cohort was 8.0 Gy, 7.3%, and 57.5% for the mean lung dose, volume receiving {>=}20 Gy, and volume receiving {>=}5 Gy, respectively. Conclusion: Restricted field IMRT provides an improved method to deliver IMRT to a complex target after extrapleural pneumonectomy. An upcoming Phase I trial will provide validation of these results.

  9. Radical pleurectomy and intraoperative photodynamic therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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    Friedberg, Joseph S; Culligan, Melissa J; Mick, Rosemarie; Stevenson, James; Hahn, Stephen M; Sterman, Daniel; Punekar, Salman; Glatstein, Eli; Cengel, Keith

    2012-05-01

    Radical pleurectomy (RP) for mesothelioma is often considered either technically unfeasible or an operation limited to patients who would not tolerate a pneumonectomy. The purpose of this study was to review our experience using RP and intraoperative photodynamic therapy (PDT) for mesothelioma. Thirty-eight patients (42-81 years) underwent RP-PDT. Thirty five of 38 (92%) patients also received systemic therapy. Standard statistical techniques were used for analysis. Thirty seven of 38 (97%) patients had stage III/IV cancer (according to the American Joint Committee on Cancer [AJCC manual 7th Edition, 2010]) and 7/38 (18%) patients had nonepithelial subtypes. Macroscopic complete resection was achieved in 37/38 (97%) patients. There was 1 postoperative mortality (stroke). At a median follow-up of 34.4 months, the median survival was 31.7 months for all 38 patients, 41.2 months for the 31/38 (82%) patients with epithelial subtypes, and 6.8 months for the 7/38 (18%) patients with nonepithelial subtypes. Median progression-free survival (PFS) was 9.6, 15.1, and 4.8 months, respectively. The median survival and PFS for the 20/31 (64%) patients with N2 epithelial disease were 31.7 and 15.1 months, respectively. It was possible to achieve a macroscopic complete resection using lung-sparing surgery in 97% of these patients with stage III/IV disease. The survival we observed with this approach was unusually long for the patients with the epithelial subtype but, interestingly, the PFS was not. The reason for this prolonged survival despite recurrence is not clear but is potentially related to preservation of the lung or some PDT-induced effect, or both. We conclude that the results of this lung-sparing approach are safe, encouraging, and warrant further investigation. Copyright © 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Radical Pleurectomy and Intraoperative Photodynamic Therapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Friedberg, Joseph S.; Culligan, Melissa J.; Mick, Rosemarie; Stevenson, James; Hahn, Stephen M.; Sterman, Daniel; Punekar, Salman; Glatstein, Eli; Cengel, Keith

    2015-01-01

    Background Radical pleurectomy (RP) for mesothelioma is often considered either technically infeasible or an operation limited to patients who would not tolerate a pneumonectomy. The purpose of this study was to review our experience using RP and intraoperative photodynamic therapy (PDT) for mesothelioma. Methods 38 patients (42–81 years) underwent RP-PDT. 35/38 (92%) patients also received systemic therapy. Standard statistical techniques were employed for analysis. Results 37/38 (97%) patients had Stage III/IV (AJCC) cancer and 7/38 (18%) patients had nonepithelial subtypes. Macroscopic complete resection was achieved in 37/38 (97%) patients. There was one postoperative mortality (stroke). At a median follow-up of 34.4 months, the median survival was 31.7 months for all 38 patients, 41.2 months for the 31/38 (82%) epithelial patients and 6.8 months for the 7/38 (18%) nonepithelial patients. The median progression free survivals were 9.6, 15.1 and 4.8 months, respectively. The median and progression free survivals for the 20/31 (64%) epithelial patients with N2 disease were 31.7 and 15.1 months, respectively. Conclusions It was possible to achieve a macroscopic complete resection utilizing lung-sparing surgery in 97% of these stage III/IV patients. The survival we observed with this approach was unusually long for the epithelial subtype patients but, interestingly, the progression free survival was not. The reason for this prolonged survival in spite of recurrence is not clear, but is potentially related to preservation of the lung and/or some PDT-induced effect. We conclude that the results of this lung-sparing approach are safe, encouraging and warrant further investigation. PMID:22541196

  11. [Malignant Mesothelioma Registry from Piedmont. Incidence in 1990-1995].

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    Ivaldi, C; Dalmasso, P; Nesti, M; Magnani, C

    1999-01-01

    This paper describes methods and results of the Piedmont Malignant Mesothelioma Registry. The Registry is active since 1990 and collects all histologically confirmed incident cases of malignant mesothelioma (m.m.) occurring in the residents of Piedmont. In the period 1990-95, 346 cases of pleural m.m. (211 males and 135 females) and 41 (28 males and 13 females) of peritoneal m.m. have been observed. Amongst the inhabitants of the Local Health Authority of Casale Monferrato, where manufacturing of cement asbestos has determined serious asbestos exposures both in the work place and general environment, there have been 105 pleural m.m. and 17 peritoneal m.m. (incidence rate were 15.6 for men and 13.0 for women and 3.6 for men and 0.6 for women respectively). Leaving out the Local Health Authority (LHA) of Casale Monferrato, the annual incidence rate in Piedmont (for 10(5) person-years, age standardised on the 1981 Italian population), has been 1.0 in men and 0.6 in women for the pleural m.m. (respectively 154 and 87 cases) and 0.09 and 0.06 for peritoneal m.m. (14 and 10 cases). Possible cases of m.m. (cytological and/or x-ray diagnosis) have been searched in the file of hospital admission and discharges (SDO) in 1994-95: 46 additional cases were found, with a 25% increase in incidence rates. The analysis of incidence according to geographical aggregations (defined according to the LHA borders) has identified, besides some already known important sources of exposures, as Casale Monferrato and the LHA of Lanzo (Balangero mine), other areas with excess of incidence as the LHA's of Galliate and Caluso which show an increased incidence of pleural m.m. in men or Vercelli and Chieri with increased incidence of pleural m.m. in women. These observation deserves further analysis.

  12. Pleural mesothelioma in New Caledonia: associations with environmental risk factors.

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    Baumann, Francine; Maurizot, Pierre; Mangeas, Morgan; Ambrosi, Jean-Paul; Douwes, Jeroen; Robineau, Bernard

    2011-05-01

    High incidences of malignant mesothelioma (MM) have been observed in New Caledonia. Previous work has shown an association between MM and soil containing serpentinite. We studied the spatial and temporal variation of MM and its association with environmental factors. We investigated the 109 MM cases recorded in the Cancer Registry of New Caledonia between 1984 and 2008 and performed spatial, temporal, and space-time cluster analyses. We conducted an ecological analysis involving 100 tribes over a large area including those with the highest incidence rates. Associations with environmental factors were assessed using logistic and Poisson regression analyses. The highest incidence was observed in the Houaïlou area with a world age-standardized rate of 128.7 per 100,000 person-years [95% confidence interval (CI), 70.41-137.84]. A significant spatial cluster grouped 18 tribes (31 observed cases vs. 8 expected cases; p = 0.001), but no significant temporal clusters were identified. The ecological analyses identified serpentinite on roads as the greatest environmental risk factor (odds ratio = 495.0; 95% CI, 46.2-4679.7; multivariate incidence rate ratio = 13.0; 95% CI, 10.2-16.6). The risk increased with serpentinite surface, proximity to serpentinite quarries and distance to the peridotite massif. The association with serpentines was stronger than with amphiboles. Living on a slope and close to dense vegetation appeared protective. The use of whitewash, previously suggested to be a risk factor, was not associated with MM incidence. Presence of serpentinite on roads is a major environmental risk factor for mesothelioma in New Caledonia.

  13. Mesothelioma mortality surveillance and asbestos exposure tracking in Italy.

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    Fazzo, Lucia; Minelli, Giada; De Santis, Marco; Bruno, Caterina; Zona, Amerigo; Marinaccio, Alessandro; Conti, Susanna; Pirastu, Roberta; Comba, Pietro

    2012-01-01

    Spatial distribution of mortality from pleural mesothelioma (which in the ICD-10 Revision has a specific code: C45.0) in Italy for the period 2003-2009 is described. Previous mortality studies at national level employed the topographic code "Malignant neoplasms of pleura", because of unavailability of a specific code in ICD-9 Revision for pleural mesothelioma. Standardized mortality ratios were computed for all municipalities, using each regional population as reference; for municipalities in Regions with rate higher than the national rate, the latter has been used as reference. SMRs were computed specifically also for each Italian Polluted Sites "of national concern for environmental remediation" (IPS) with asbestos exposure sources, composed by one or more municipalities, using regional rate as reference. Spatial Scan Statistics procedure, using SatScan software, was applied in cluster analysis: the country was divided into geographic macro-areas and the relative risks (RR) express the ratio of risk within the cluster to the risk of the macro-area outside the cluster. Clusters with p-value < 0.10 were selected. The national standardized annual mortality rate was 1.7 cases per 100 000. Several areas with evident burden of asbestos-related disease were detected. Significant clusters were found in correspondence to asbestos-cement industries (e.g. Casale Monferrato, women: RR = 28.7), shipyards (e.g. Trieste, men: RR = 4.8), petrochemical industries (e.g. Priolo, men: RR = 6.9) and a stone quarry contaminated by fluoro-edenite fibres (Biancavilla, women: RR = 25.9). Some of the increased clusters correspond to IPS. The results may contribute to detect asbestos exposure and to set priorites for environmental remediation.

  14. Pleural Mesothelioma in New Caledonia: Associations with Environmental Risk Factors

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    Baumann, Francine; Maurizot, Pierre; Mangeas, Morgan; Ambrosi, Jean-Paul; Douwes, Jeroen; Robineau, Bernard

    2011-01-01

    Background High incidences of malignant mesothelioma (MM) have been observed in New Caledonia. Previous work has shown an association between MM and soil containing serpentinite. Objectives We studied the spatial and temporal variation of MM and its association with environmental factors. Methods We investigated the 109 MM cases recorded in the Cancer Registry of New Caledonia between 1984 and 2008 and performed spatial, temporal, and space–time cluster analyses. We conducted an ecological analysis involving 100 tribes over a large area including those with the highest incidence rates. Associations with environmental factors were assessed using logistic and Poisson regression analyses. Results The highest incidence was observed in the Houaïlou area with a world age-standardized rate of 128.7 per 100,000 person-years [95% confidence interval (CI), 70.41–137.84]. A significant spatial cluster grouped 18 tribes (31 observed cases vs. 8 expected cases; p = 0.001), but no significant temporal clusters were identified. The ecological analyses identified serpentinite on roads as the greatest environmental risk factor (odds ratio = 495.0; 95% CI, 46.2–4679.7; multivariate incidence rate ratio = 13.0; 95% CI, 10.2–16.6). The risk increased with serpentinite surface, proximity to serpentinite quarries and distance to the peridotite massif. The association with serpentines was stronger than with amphiboles. Living on a slope and close to dense vegetation appeared protective. The use of whitewash, previously suggested to be a risk factor, was not associated with MM incidence. Conclusions Presence of serpentinite on roads is a major environmental risk factor for mesothelioma in New Caledonia. PMID:21193386

  15. Aeromedical transport of a patient with massive chylothorax following pneumonectomy for mesothelioma.

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    Deviri, Ehud; Caine, Yehezkel; Henig-Hadar, Avinoam; Saute, Milton; Ish Tov, Eytan

    2009-11-01

    Long-distance transportation of a patient in an unstable condition is a challenging operation. When circumstances require using a commercial flight it is even more so. A 57-yr-old man in Israel underwent extrapleural pneumonectomy for mesothelioma, following which he developed a massive chylothorax of more than 6 L x d(-1). Due to the failure of medical treatment and the high operative risk under such conditions, it was decided to transfer him to the United States by commercial flight for a percutaneous, fluoroscopy-guided closure of the thoracic duct. The patient was accompanied by a physician and a nonmedical assistant and occupied a first-class seat enclosed by curtains. He arrived at the departure airport in a hypovolemic state with low cardiac output and blood pressure of 78/60 Torr. During the flight he was treated with intravenous fluids, chest physiotherapy, and oxygen. In addition, fibrin clots blocked the drainage system on two occasions, requiring corrective action. On arrival in the United States the patient's condition had improved: his blood pressure was 123/91 Torr with a capillary oxygen saturation of 95% without supplementary oxygen. During the 18 h in transit (11 h in flight) he had lost more than 5 L of lymph. Under carefully controlled circumstances it is possible to use commercial flights to transport patients whose condition is unstable and complicated. Safety can be increased by focusing on the specific problems associated with the clinical condition and anticipating possible adverse events during the flight.

  16. [Malignant mesothelioma in the Veneto Region (north-east of Italy), 1988-2002: incidence, geographical analysis, trends and comparison with mortality].

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    Roberti, Sara; Merler, Enzo; Bressan, Vittoria; Fiore, Anna Rita

    2007-01-01

    The study assesses incidence and trend of malignant mesothelioma (MM), and mortality from primary pleural tumour (PPT) among residents of the Veneto region (North-east of Italy 4,450,000 inhabitants at the last census). The study also aims at identifying areas at high risk, by applying geographical analysis techniques. The results have been obtained through the activity ofa Mesothelioma Registry, established in 2001, thus collecting largely retrospective data. Incidence and trends are estimated on MM diagnosed between 1988 and 2002 by means of histological or cytological techniques. Deaths from PPT are derived through the availability of mortality records for the period 1988-1999 (latest year available). Direct age-standardization was applied to provincial rates (7 provinces), whereas standardized mortality and incidence ratios according to Kernel estimates and spatial scan statistics have been used to identify clusters at the municipality level (581 municipalities). the incidence of MM in the Veneto region appears similar to that of other northern Italian regions (904 new MM cases from 1988 to 2002, 650 among males, 819 pleural; age-standardized annual incidence rates x 100,000 in the period 1988-1999): 1.75 (IC 95% 1.59-1.91) among males, based on 460 cases, and 0.67 (IC 95% 0.57-0.77) among females, based on 196 cases, and displays an increasing trend among both genders. Among males incidence doubles during the study period. High risks are detected among males in a cluster formed by the city of Venice and surrounding municipalities (Standardized Incidence Ratio, SIR, for pleural mesothelioma, 1988-1999, 2.94 (p = 0.001) for the cluster based on 110 observed cases), and, in addition to Venice, in the province of Padua among females (SIR from pleural mesothelioma, 1988-1999, 1.98 (p = 0.001) for the cluster based on 95 observed cases). Mortality from TPP turns out to be higher than incidence and tends to approach incidence in more recent years; this may be

  17. Paratesticular mesothelioma. Report of a case with comprehensive review of literature.

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    Bisceglia, Michele; Dor, David Ben; Carosi, Illuminato; Vairo, Matteo; Pasquinelli, Gianandrea

    2010-01-01

    Paratesticular mesotheliomas are rare tumors with 223 cases described so far. The sole plausible causative factor so far ascertained in the pathogenesis of these tumors is asbestos, which however is found in only around 30% to 40% of such cases. The age range of affected individuals is wide, mostly adults and the elderly, but also includes young people and children. The most common presenting symptom is either hydrocele of unknown origin or intrascrotal mass. When hydrocele is the presenting symptom, these tumors are often clinically overlooked and the diagnosis is delayed. Most paratesticular mesotheliomas arise in the tunica vaginalis, but primary tumors of the spermatic cord and epididymis are also on record. Tumors arising from the peritoneal mesothelium of a hernia sac are excluded from this group. The correct diagnosis is almost always made after histologic examination of the operative specimen. Immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy are always helpful and sometimes necessary tools for diagnosis. So far very few cases have been identified or suspected preoperatively on cytologic examination. Three clinicopathologic types of malignant mesotheliomas of the male genital tract are recognized: diffuse tubulo-papillary mesothelioma, well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma, and multicystic mesothelioma. The histologic subtypes are almost always pure epithelial or biphasic. The differential diagnosis is mainly with serous papillary tumors arising from Mullerian vestiges, but several diverse primary or secondary tumors also need to be considered. A clinicopathologic evaluation of a case of tunical diffuse mesothelioma in a 74-year-old male from the AMR Series is the starting point for this general review.

  18. Systematic review of response rates of sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesotheliomas in clinical trials

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    Mansfield, Aaron S.; Symanowski, James T.; Peikert, Tobias

    2014-01-01

    Rationale Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an almost universally fatal malignancy primarily related to asbestos exposure. Based on the differences in immunologic markers and gene expression between histologic subtypes of mesothelioma, and our clinical impression that response rates vary by histology, we decided to examine the reported response rates of mesothelioma subtypes. Objectives Our objective was to compare the response rates of sarcomatoid mesotheliomas to the overall response rates in published clinical trials. Methods We searched PubMed for “mesothelioma” with the clinical trials filter selected. We included articles published between January 1, 2000 and March 20, 2014 in which subjects received first or second line systemic therapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Studies investigating multi-modality therapy including surgery were excluded. Response rates [including 95% confidence intervals (95% CI)] were estimated for the entire patient cohort and then separately for subjects with sarcomatoid tumors. Measurements and Main Results We reviewed 544 publications of which 41 trials met our inclusion criteria. Eleven of these trials did not include patients with sarcomatoid mesothelioma (27% of eligible studies). The remaining 30 publications included 1475 subjects, 1011 with epithelioid tumors (68.5%), 203 with biphasic tumors (13.8%), 137 with sarcomatoid tumors (9.3%) and 124 with unknown subtypes (8.4%). In total, there were 323 responses (21.9%, complete and partial responses, 95% CI: 16.3, 28.8) to systemic therapy across all histological subtypes. In patients with sarcomatoid tumors (n=137) 19 responses were observed. This accounted for 5.9% of all responses and yields a 13.9% (95% CI: 8.6, 21.6) response rate for patients with sarcomatoid tumors. Multiple biases likely affected this systematic review. Conclusion Response rates for different histological subtypes of malignant pleural mesothelioma are infrequently reported. Partial and complete

  19. Autophagy Correlates with the Therapeutic Responsiveness of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in 3D Models

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    Barbone, Dario; Follo, Carlo; Echeverry, Nohemy; Gerbaudo, Victor H.; Klabatsa, Astero; Bueno, Raphael; Felley-Bosco, Emanuela; Broaddus, V. Courtney

    2015-01-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a highly chemoresistant solid tumor. We have studied this apoptotic resistance using in vitro and ex vivo three-dimensional models, which acquire a high level of chemoresistance that can be reduced by PI3K/mTOR inhibitors. Here, we investigate the activity of GDC-0980, a novel dual PI3K/mTOR inhibitor, which has been proposed to be effective in mesothelioma. In this work, we aimed to identify mechanisms and markers of efficacy for GDC-0980 by utilizing 3D models of mesothelioma, both in vitro multicellular spheroids and ex vivo tumor fragment spheroids grown from patient tumor samples. We found that a subset of mesothelioma spheroids is sensitive to GDC-0980 alone and to its combination with chemotherapy. Unexpectedly, this sensitivity did not correlate with the activation of the Akt/mTOR pathway. Instead, sensitivity to GDC-0980 correlated with the presence of constitutive ATG13 puncta, a feature of autophagy, a cellular program that supports cells under stress. In tumor fragment spheroids grown from 21 tumors, we also found a subset (n = 11) that was sensitive to GDC-0980, a sensitivity that also correlated with the presence of ATG13 puncta. Interference with autophagy by siRNA of ATG7, an essential autophagic protein, increased the response to chemotherapy, but only in the sensitive multicellular spheroids. In the spheroids resistant to GDC-0980, autophagy appeared to play no role. In summary, we show that GDC-0980 is effective in mesothelioma 3D models that display ATG13 puncta, and that blockade of autophagy increases their response to chemotherapy. For the first time, we show a role for autophagy in the response to chemotherapy of 3D models of mesothelioma and propose ATG13 as a potential biomarker of the therapeutic responsiveness of mesothelioma. PMID:26284517

  20. In Vivo Imaging of Human Malignant Mesothelioma Grown Orthotopically in the Peritoneal Cavity of Nude Mice

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    Feng, Mingqian; Zhang, Jingli; Anver, Miriam; Hassan, Raffit; Ho, Mitchell

    2011-01-01

    Malignant mesothelioma (MM) causes significant morbidity and mortality in patients. With increasing efforts devoted to developing therapeutics targeting mesothelioma, a xenograft mouse model with in vivo tumor imaging is especially desired for evaluating anti-tumor therapies. In the present study, we fluorescently labeled the NCI-H226 human mesothelioma cell line by a lentiviral vector harboring a luciferase-GFP (Luc/GFP) fusion gene driven by the RNA polymerase II promoter. After single-cell cloning by flow cytometry, a clone (named LMB-H226-GL) that stably expresses high levels of Luc/GFP was obtained. The in vivo tumorigenicity of Luc/GFP-labeled LMB-H226-GL was determined by using intraperitoneal injections of the cells in nude mice. LMB-H226-GL was found to be able to consistently form solid tumors in the peritoneum of mice. Tumor growth and aggressive progression could be quantitated via in vivo bioluminescence imaging. The model exhibited the pathological hallmarks consistent with the clinical progression of MM in terms of tumor growth and spread inside the peritoneal cavity. To evaluate the in vivo efficacy of drugs targeting mesothelioma, we treated mice with SS1P, a recombinant immunotoxin currently evaluated in Phase II clinical trials for treatment of mesothelioma. All the tumor-bearing mice had a significant response to SS1P treatment. Our results showed that this is a well-suited model for mesothelioma, and may be useful for evaluating other novel agents for mesothelioma treatment in vivo. PMID:21479131